- any of several North American climbing plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. herbacea, having small white flowers with an odor of carrion.
- Also called starfish flower. any of various succulent plants of the genus Stapelia, of southern Africa, having spotted or variegated flowers often with a fetid odor.
- a liliaceous climbing plant, Smilax herbacea of E North America, whose small green flowers smell like decaying flesh
- any of several other plants, esp any of the genus Stapelia, whose flowers have an unpleasant odour