stapelia

noun
sta·​pe·​lia | \ stə-ˈpēl-yə How to pronounce stapelia (audio) \

Definition of stapelia

: any of a genus (Stapelia) of chiefly African perennial herbs of the milkweed family with succulent typically leafless toothed stems and showy but usually putrid-smelling star-shaped flowers

First Known Use of stapelia

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stapelia

New Latin, from J. B. van Stapel †1636 Dutch botanist

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“Stapelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stapelia. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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