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Hydnora africana flowering in habitat

Hydnora africana (bobbejaankos) is a parasitic plant that lives off the roots of Euphorbia plants. The flower takes over a year to develop, and is as hard as wood.

 

The flower is pollinated by Carrion beetles. After pollination a fleshy fruit develops over two years. The fruit is edible to humans, birds and small mammals. Each fruit can contain over 20 000 seeds.

 

Richtersveld, Northern Cape, South Africa, August 2007.

 

Listed on "Eight of the World’s Most Unusual Plants"

 

Best viewed LARGE.

 

Martin

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Taken on August 4, 2007