6878.000 Hoodia Sweet ex Decne.

Bruyns, P.V. (2005) Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar Volume I Umdaus Press, Hatfield, South Africa

Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P. (2017) A revised, phylogenetically-based concept of Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) South African Journal of Botany 112 399-436

Description of the genus

Spiny, non-rhizomatous succulent shrub with 3-many stems; up to 2 m tall and 2 m broad; stems long, erect, cylindric, fleshy, hard, grey-green to brown; tubercles deltoid, laterally flattened, joined into acute rows along the stem, each tipped with a sharp spine. Inflorescence usually arising towards the apex of the stem, glabrous, bearing 1-2 flowers opening successively; pedicels long, usually spreading; corolla rotate to campanulate, small and deeply lobed to large and flat to shallowly cupular, outside smooth, inside smooth to bristly. Fruit a follicle, erect, consisting of two horns, glabrous.

Comment: More recent phylogenetic evidence has led to the forming of a very broad concept of the genus Ceropegia including the genus Brachystelma and all known genera within the Stapeliae (Bruyns, P.V., Klak, C. & Hanáček, P., 2017). However we follow Goyder et Al. in Flora Zambesiaca 7(2), 2020 where the inclusion of the Stapeliad genera has not been accepted.

Worldwide: 13 species in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Hoodia currorii subsp. lugardii

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currorii (Hook.) Decne. subsp. lugardii (N.E. Br.) Bruyns[VU]SDescription, Image

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Hoodia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1155, retrieved 13 August 2022

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