any of a genus (Stapelia) of cactuslike African plants of the milkweed family, with large, star-shaped, bad-smelling, yellowish or purple flowers
Origin of stapeliaModL, after Jan Bode van Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist and physician
Any of various succulent plants of the genus Stapelia, native to southern Africa and having large foul-smelling flowers.
Origin of stapeliaNew Latin Stapelia, genus name, after Jan Bode van Stapel, (died 1636), Dutch botanist.
From Stapelia (“genus name").