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Hoodia

Hoodia

Hoodia are a genus of succulent plants in the Apocynaceae family and are commonly known as a Carrion plant. This loose group of genesis gets this name due to fact that most plants in the group have flowers that small like rotting meat or feces. This is an adaptation to their environment where fly are a common pollinator.

Hoodia are one of the largest of the Carrion plants and can reach heights of 6’ but are more commonly found around 24” to 36” high. Hoodia can be found in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. Some species are true desert plants and call the Kalahari Desert home.   Of the 20 or so species of Hoodia, Hoodia gordonii is the most well know and has been a cherished plant in cultivation for many years.