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  • Joseph Brooks

    This root holoparasitic plant, Hydnora africana Thunb., parasitizing Euphorbia mauritanica L. (background) in the Richtersveld of South Africa, only emerges from the soil to flower. After the fleshy petals open, the flower emits an odor of rotting meat to attract its pollinators, carrion flies and beetles. In anatomical investigations, the vegetative body of Hydnora triceps Drège & Meyer was revealed to be a rhizome with an unusual modified root-cap-like structure and xylem characteristic of its

  • Mondayasu

    Hydnora africana the plant that inspired vagina dentata myths all over the country Unusual plant. Kinda sorta looks like a...

  • K. Syren

    Weird plants

  • Amy A

    Hydnora africana is an achlorophyllous plant native to southern Africa that is parasitic on the roots of members of the Euphorbiaceae family. The plant grows underground, except for a fleshy flower that emerges above ground and emits an odor of feces to attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles, and carrion beetles. The flowers act as temporary traps, retaining the beetles that enter long enough for them to pick up pollen.

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