Carrion-flower

carrion flower

noun
1.
any of several North American climbing plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. herbacea, having small white flowers with an odor of carrion.
2.
Also called starfish flower. any of various succulent plants of the genus Stapelia, of southern Africa, having spotted or variegated flowers often with a fetid odor.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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carrion flower
 
n
1.  a liliaceous climbing plant, Smilax herbacea of E North America, whose small green flowers smell like decaying flesh
2.  any of several other plants, esp any of the genus Stapelia, whose flowers have an unpleasant odour

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