Hoodia is a small Asclepiad genus of 10 to 20 species, from southwestern Africa. They form clumps of erect multi angled stems. Extracts of Hoodia has been used recently to manufacture appetite suppressant medications. The close genus Trichocaulon is sometimes included in Hoodia.

Ones of the hardiest of the asclepiads, most Hoodias will take a small amount of frost.

The large brownish flowers are pollinated by flies, and use a very distinct carrion smell to attract them. They form in liberally at the tip of the stems.

Species and varieties
Hoodia gordonii
Hoodia macrantha
Hoodia officinale
Hoodia ruschii (Queen of the Namib)

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