Trichocaulon alstonii N.E.Br.
Trichocaulon halenbergense Dinter
Hoodia alstonii is a succulent, cactus-like shrub that can grow up to 1 metre tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and means of staving off hunger. Many species in this genus have potential for use in helping overweight people reduce their weight, acting by reducing the sensation of hunger.
Southern Africa - Namibia, S. Africa.
Usually found on rocky outcrops, often in very inhospitable desert areas.
The flowers have a foetid, excrement-like odour; they produce nectar and pollination is mostly effected by flies[
]. A sweet flavour[
Hoodia plants have been eaten by African tribesmen for thousands of years as a means of staving off hunger and thirst on long hunting trips. The active principle in the plant responsible for this appetite-suppressing effect has been identified and is now used as the basis of a slimming drug[
Seed - germinates easily.
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