Sapria

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Sapria
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Sapria himalayana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Rafflesiaceae
Genus: Sapria
Griff.
Species

S. himalayana Griff.
S. poilanei Gagnep.
S. ram Bänziger & B. Hansen

Sapria is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It grows within roots of Vitis and Tetrastigma. The genus is limited to the tropical forests of South and South-east Asia.

The flowers of Sapria are about 20 cm in diameter, bright red with yellow or white dots, unisexual and dioecious. In contrast with the related genus Rafflesia the flowers have 10 lobes.

Three species are described, S. himalayana is found in Cambodia, parts of China, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, while S. poilanei is found in Cambodia and Thailand. The newly described third species S. ram is found in Thailand.

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