Hoodia Sweet ex Decne.

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 8: 664 (1844)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

Descriptions

Goyder, D. J., Gilbert, M. G. & Venter, H. J. T. (2020). Apocynaceae (part 2). In: M. A. García (ed.), Flora Zambesiaca, Vol. 7(3). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Morphology General Habit
Clump-forming stem succulents; latex clear or at most cloudy
Morphology Stem
Stems mostly erect, cylindrical, with 11–34 rows of spine-tipped tubercles along the stem
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences arising mostly towards the apex of the stems, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corollas small and deeply lobes to large, flat and somewhat plate-like
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corolline corona absent or forming a weakly developed swelling around the mouth of the corolla tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostegium
Gynostegial corona in 2 series; outer lobes fused basally to the inner lobes and forming small pouches; inner lobes adpressed to the back of the anthers, dorsiventrally flattened
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia D-shaped, attached basally to the translator arms, and with a germination crest on the inner face
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Follicles paired, erect, fusiform, glabrous.
Distribution
Twelve species in south-western Africa with one extending into dry western Angola, and a single species in the Flora Zambesiaca region.
[FZ]

Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Science Photographs

    • Copyright applied to individual images
  • Plants and People Africa

    • Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
    • © Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/