- Hydnora africana
name = Hydnoraceae
image_caption = "Hydnora africana" flowers,
Karasburg Constituency, Namibia, 2002
genus = "
species = "H. africana"
binomial = "Hydnora africana"
binomial_authority = Thunb.|
"Hydnora africana" is an achlorophyllous plant native to southern
Africathat is parasitic on the roots of members of the Euphorbiaceaefamily. The plant grows underground, except for a fleshy flower that emerges above ground and emits an odor of fecesto attract its natural pollinators, dung beetles, and carrion beetles. The flowers act as traps for a brief period retaining the beetles that enter, then releasing them when the flower is fully opened. [cite book|last=Waser |first=Nickoloas M.|coauthors=Jeff Ollerton (editors)|title=Plant-Pollinator Interactions: From Specialization to Generalization|date=2006|publisher=University of Chicago Press|isbn=0226874001]
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