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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Rafflesia (named for Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles). Rafflesiaceae. Fleshy parasites, with a solitary large sallow fl. with a cadaverous odor rising from a superficial rhizome, leafless; fls. dioecious; perianth fleshy, the tube hemispherical at the base, solid in the male fls. and adnate to the ovary in the female fls., broad-campanulate above the ovary, limb 5-parted, the segms. imbricated in 1 row; ovary inferior, with numerous ovules. About 5 species, Malaya. R. Arnoldii, R. Br. Fls. flesh-colored, 3 ft. across, mottled with a thick fleshy rim or corona lining the upper part of the tube. In the male fls. there is a thick fleshy column within the corona and adherent to the perianth-tube and having at the top a wide flat plate, the overhanging margin of which is revolute and on which is placed a ring of sessile anthers. The female fls. are similar, but lack the anthers and possess an ovary adherent to the base of the perianth-tube and having a single cell. Sumatra. G. 7:547. J.H. III. 54:373.

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