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Any of various parasitic plants of the genus Rafflesia of Southeast Asia, having no leaves and a solitary fleshy flower with the odor of carrion. The species R. arnoldii has the largest flowers among all flowering plants, measuring up to 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter.
[New Latin, genus name, after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), British colonial administrator who acquired Singapore for the East India Company in 1819 and founded a settlement there.]
(Plants) any of various tropical Asian parasitic leafless plants constituting the genus Rafflesia, esp R. arnoldi, the flowers of which grow up to 45 cm (18 inches) across, smell of putrid meat, and are pollinated by carrion flies: family Rafflesiaceae
[C19: New Latin, named after T. S. Raffles, who discovered it]
n., pl. -sias.
a stemless, leafless Malaysian plant of the genus Rafflesia, of the family Rafflesiaceae, bearing a flower that grows to 3 ft. (90 cm) in diameter, the world's largest.
[< New Latin (1821), after Stamford Raffles (1781–1826), British colonial administrator in Southeast Asia, who obtained the type specimen]