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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Hydnoraceae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > magnoliids > Order: Piperales

Rootless, leafless, fungus-looking plants that in southern Africa are parasitic on Euphorbia, Acacia and Albizia species. Two genera and seven species (Africa, Madagascar, Arabia, South and Central America) with one genus (Hydnora) and three species native to southern Africa.

Genera native to southern Africa


About five species (Arid to semi-arid regions of Africa, Réunion, Madagascar and Arabia), with three species native to southern Africa.