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1. Any of several North American plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. herbacea, an herbaceous tendril-bearing vine having clusters of small greenish flowers with the odor of decaying flesh.
2. Any of various plants having flowers that emit a foul odor, especially stapelia.
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1. (Plants) a liliaceous climbing plant, Smilax herbacea of E North America, whose small green flowers smell like decaying flesh
2. (Plants) any of several other plants, esp any of the genus Stapelia, whose flowers have an unpleasant odour
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any of several North American climbing plants belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, esp. S.herbacea, having small white flowers with an odor of carrion.
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|Noun||1.||carrion flower - 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
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