any of a genus (Rafflesia) of foul-smelling, dicotyledonous, Malaysian plants of a parasitic family (Rafflesiaceae, order Rafflesiales) characterized by gigantic, stemless flowers and no leaves
Origin of rafflesiaModL, after Sir T. S. Raffles (1781-1826), British governor in Sumatra
Any of various parasitic plants of the genus Rafflesia of Southeast Asia, having no leaves and a solitary fleshy flower with the odor of carrion. The species R. arnoldii has the largest flowers among all flowering plants, measuring up to 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter.
Origin of rafflesiaNew Latin genus name after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), British colonial administrator who acquired Singapore for the East India Company in 1819 and founded a settlement there
Named after Sir Stamford Raffles.