Hoodia

Nahaufnahme der Hoodia gordonii, einer Heilpflanze, in Blüte entlang der Straße C13 im namibischen Teil des Ai Ais - Richterveld Transfrontier Park

Hoodia gordonii

Synonyme:
Buschmann's Hut
Hoodia_gordonii (Wikipedia)

Hoodia gordonii
Hoodia gordonii P1010383.JPG
In the Biedouw Valley, Cederberg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Asterids
Order:Gentianales
Family:Apocynaceae
Genus:Hoodia
Species:
H. gordonii
Binomial name
Hoodia gordonii
(Masson) Sweet ex Decne., 1844

Hoodia gordonii, also known as Bushman's hat, is a leafless spiny succulent plant supposed to have therapeutic properties in folk medicine. It grows naturally in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. The species became internationally known and threatened by collectors, after a marketing campaign falsely claimed that it was an appetite suppressant for weight loss. The flowers smell like rotten meat and are pollinated mainly by flies. The indigenous San people of the Namib desert call this plant ǁhoba (pronounced [kǁʰɔbɑ] – the initial sound is a lateral click) – and the Afrikaans name ghaap is used to refer to all species of Hoodia.

Hoodia (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

From the genus name.

Noun

hoodia (plural hoodias)

  1. (botany) Any of the genus Hoodia of succulent cactiform plants.
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