Rara forma di Hoodia che prende una inusuale colorazione porpora soprattutto durante l'inverno. Disponibilità limitata a pochi pezzi.
Family: Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae) (Milkweeds family)
Accepted Scientific name: Hoodia pilifera (L.f.) Plowes subsp. pilifera (L.f.) Plowes
In: Asklepios No. 56:10,1992
Hoodia pilifera was the first species of the genus to be discovered by Thunberg and Masson near Oudtshoorn between 1772 and 1774
Origin: South Africa (Western Cape, Little and Geat Karoo)
Habitat: Grows in arid areas of at around 300-900 m of altitude.
Ecology: Pollination is done mainly by flies. This unusual pollination biology is referred to as myophily (pollination by flies). Myophily takes place in some of the following genera, Stapelia, Huernia and Ceropegia. Life for a young Hoodia plant begins under the protection of a nurse plant. A nurse plant is a shrub under which the young plant germinates and grows, protected by its leaves and branches from the suns strong rays.
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.
Common English Names include: Hoodia
Etymology: It has been named in honour of Van Hood, a keen succulent grower while the species name comes from Latin "pilus", "hair; trifle" + "i" connective vowel used by botanical Latin and from Latin "fero", "to bear, carry, bring" referring to the apical hairy spines found on the tip of each tubercles.
- Stapelia pilifera Linné fil.
In: Suppl. 171; Thunb. Fl. Cap. II. 1781
- Trichocaulon piliferum (L.f.) N.E.Br. 1873
- Piaranthus piliferus (Linné fil.) Sweet 1830
Note: The Systematics in Hoodia are, like in almost any other plant group, always fully unfinished and open to discussion among the different authors. There are many difficulty in Hoodia identification. If we have some plants from unidentified origin ( plants provided unlabeled or with poor identification data), we have to wait until the plant is in flower and also specialists and growers have quite a difficulty to identify correctly this plants.
Hoodia pilifera ( a red tinged form )