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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Apocynaceae
Subfamilia: Asclepiadoideae
Tribus: Ceropegieae
Subtribus: Stapeliinae
Genus: Hoodia
Species: Hoodia flava

Hoodia flava (N.E.Br.) Plowes

Asklepios. Burgess Hill 56:8. 1992
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Hoodia flava in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Hoodia flava is a succulent native to the Cape Province in South Africa and to Namibia.[1] It has a unique pattern of distribution, growing inside bushes or on gravelly slopes and hills.[2] It is commonly known as ghaap or yellow-flowered ghaap in the Afrikaans language.[3]

Leafless and branchless, H. flava grows as cylindrical green stems up to 6 inches in height and 2 inches in diameter, with 20-30 longitudinal ribs of mammillae, each one featuring a thin, brown spine on its crest.[3] Yellow flowers appear in winter on the youngest parts of the plants near the top.


This plant should be watered during its growing season and then sparsely otherwise.[3]

"Hoodia flava". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 18 July 2015.
"Hoodia in Namibia" (PDF). National Botanical Research Institute. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
"Hoodia flava (N.E.Br.) Plowes". The Encyclopedia of Succulents. LLIFLE - Encyclopedia of Living Forms. Retrieved 18 July 2015.

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