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stapelia

[stuh-pee-lee-uh] /stəˈpi li ə/
noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Stapelia, of the milkweed family, native to southern Africa, having short, fleshy, leafless stems, and flowers that are oddly colored or mottled and in most species emit a fetid, carrionlike odor.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < Neo-Latin, after J. B. van Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist; see -ia
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stapelia

/stəˈpiːlɪə/
noun
1.
any fleshy cactus-like leafless African plant of the asclepiadaceous genus Stapelia, having thick four-angled stems and large typically fetid mottled flowers
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, named after J. B. van Stapel, (died 1636), Dutch botanist
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