- any stemless, leafless, parasitic plant of the genus Rafflesia, of the Malay Peninsula and Republic of Indonesia, characterized by apetalous flowers, measuring 3 in.–3 feet (8 cm–90 cm) in diameter, that exude a putrid odor: now greatly reduced in number.
Origin of rafflesia
Examples from the Web for rafflesia
The remarkable Javanese fungus Rafflesia belongs to this order.Botany for Ladies
This extraordinary Rafflesia Arnoldii is the biggest flower in the world.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
The guide who was some distance behind, came up with a Rafflesia bud.
The poisons of rafflesia, muscarine, and orsere are introduced in his fictions; somewhere he devotes an essay to toxicology.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
- any of various tropical Asian parasitic leafless plants constituting the genus Rafflesia, esp R. arnoldi, the flowers of which grow up to 45 cm (18 inches) across, smell of putrid meat, and are pollinated by carrion flies: family Rafflesiaceae
Word Origin and History for rafflesia
genus of Malaysian plants, 1820, named for Sir T. Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), British governor of Sumatra, who introduced it to the West. He reports the native name was petimum sikinlili "Devil's betel-box."