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Any of various succulent plants of the genus Stapelia, native to southern Africa and having large foul-smelling flowers.
[New Latin Stapelia, genus name, after Jan Bode van Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist.]
(Plants) any fleshy cactus-like leafless African plant of the asclepiadaceous genus Stapelia, having thick four-angled stems and large typically fetid mottled flowers
[C18: from New Latin, named after J. B. van Stapel, (died 1636), Dutch botanist]
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|Noun||1.||stapelia - any of various plants of the genus Stapelia having succulent leafless toothed stems resembling cacti and large foul-smelling (often star-shaped) flowers|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Stapelia - genus of foul-smelling plants resembling cacti; found from Africa to East India
Stapelias asterias - stapelia of Cape Province having mostly dark red-brown flowers with flat starlike corollas