Raf*fle"si*a (?), n. [NL. Named from its discoverer, Sir S. Raffle.] Bot.

A genus of stemless, leafless plants, living parasitically upon the roots and stems of grapevines in Malaysia. The flowers have a carrionlike odor, and are very large, in one species (Rafflesia Arnoldi) having a diameter of two or three feet.


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