Hydnora africana flowering in habitat

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    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"

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    1. Martin_Heigan 77 months ago | reply

      It is rare, mainly due to the remote semi-desert habitat that it grows in.

      Martin

    2. thorogoodchris 75 months ago | reply

      I am visiting South Africa in the next month - do you know of any sites for any of the Hydnora spp. within driving distance of Capetown/Port Elizabeth? It would be great to see it in the flesh!

    3. Martin_Heigan 75 months ago | reply

      No, this was at the opposite end of the Country.

      Martin

    4. Johnny 111 74 months ago | reply

      Very strange, looks like something from outer space!

    5. laijuyesh 66 months ago | reply

      Your photo made me say WOW!
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    6. Wez Smith 66 months ago | reply

      Amazing, I've never seen anything like it.

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    7. Philipp Klinger Photography 66 months ago | reply

      CONGRATULATIONS! Excellent!
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    8. mgsbird 66 months ago | reply

      Neat plant - beautiful shot.


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    9. roba da chiodi 66 months ago | reply

      bella........ da brividi

    10. David Lev 66 months ago | reply

      CONGRATULATIONS! Excellent!
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    11. Austrinus 65 months ago | reply

      Very interesting and strange plant! It makes me to remember the alien creature from the movie "The Dreamcatcher"
      Regards and congratulations! :)

    12. maticallone 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 101 Lugares increibles (101 incredible places), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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