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rafflesia


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(family Rafflesiaceae)

A genus of plants that are wholly parasitic on vines of the family Vitaceae. The flowers are showy and huge (up to 1 m diameter in R. arnoldii). They have 4–6 fleshy tepals, fused at the base, stamens fused as a ring, and the ovary inferior and immersed in a central column, smelling of carrion, and fly-pollinated. It is a prized medicine. There are about 13 species occurring in western Malaysia.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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