Hydnora abyssinica A. Braun ex Schweinf.

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Hydnora abyssinica

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Nr Mvuma

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Synonyms: Hydnora africana sensu Eyles
Hydnora johannis Becc.
Hydnora solmsiana Dinter
Common names:
Status: Native
A subterranean root parasite, lacking chlorophyll. The plant body is rhizome-like, leaves are absent. The flowers are solitary, appearing above ground as a tube with the fleshy calyx lobes meeting. They soon separate, revealing the red and white cross structure in the photo. The flowers are foul smelling and visited by beetles. The fruits are brown and subterranean.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Botswana distribution: N
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Musselman, L.J. (1997). Hydnoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2) Pages 17 - 18. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 77. as Hydnora africana and Hydnora johannis

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Hydnora abyssinica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hydnora abyssinica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Hydnora abyssinica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hydnora abyssinica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hydnora abyssinica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Hydnora abyssinica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Hydnora abyssinica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hydnora abyssinica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Hydnora abyssinica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hydnora abyssinica
Ispot Southern Africa: Hydnora abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Hydnora abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hydnora abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hydnora abyssinica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hydnora abyssinica
Tropicos: Hydnora abyssinica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Hydnora abyssinica.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=121680, retrieved 18 March 2018

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