Sometimes Hoodia Currorri is mistaken as Hoodia Gordonii because of its similarity in appearance and overlapping range. A method for identification and differentiation between two species that are Hoodia and Opuntia has been developed.

This species is native to the Cape Province of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.  In Namibia H. currorii subsp. currorii is widespread in the arid western parts of the country, from Walvis Bay northwards up to the Kunene River, and also common along the road from Karibib to Swakopmund.

HOODIA CURRORII

SUBSPECIES CURRORII is CONSTRICTED TO THE VARY ARID PARTS OF THE COASTAL NAMIB desert and also eastward up to 250 km from the coast in dry short forest and dry Acacia scrub vegetation. A many-stemmed, thorny shrub, 0.1-1.0 meters tall and 0.15-1.00 broad.  Its stems are colors pale grey to brown-green and erect to ascending. 1 to 4 flowers are starting near the apex of the stem. which are USUALLY BORNE in inflorescences. These open in succession.  They are about to 940-180 mm large in diameter, five-lobed and have hair-like bristles inside the tube. They also have a fetid, excrement like odor.

HOODIA CURRORII

As TYPICAL OF THE GENUS. Consisting a two horn like in the fruiting body, which are slender and erect follicles. There are some immature follicles that can be colors red or purple. The seed starts releasing once the follicles are ripening and are turning green as they split apart. As they are released a tuft of filament-like pappi (a coma) opens and the seeds are disbursed by air currents.

The thickness, heavy weight and reduced thorns of its stems compared with those of Hoodia gordonii make it an attractive alternative for cultivation and production of plant material for nutraceuticals.

Hoodia currorii is MORE USUALLY SEEN IN CULTIVATION than other species. It has a large flower that are variable in shape and in other variety of bright colors, which explains that it is widely used as an ornamental and in xeriscaping.

The young pods are sweet, that is why it is most liked. Its stems are ideally harvested after swelling from recent rains, and are being removed from the plant and rubbed on a stone to remove the spines and will be cut into strips and will be consumed. Some of the time they take it home and soaked in water before using it. They have a persistent sweet taste and quench hunger and thirst for an extended period of time.  A tasty preserve can be made from them.  It is also said that after eating the plant a lingering aftertaste remains that gives tobacco smoke a particularly pleasant taste.

CULTIVATION

Having this growth rate of specimens in containers, they become highly variable. Higher probability of loss from soft rot are from those plants who grew outdoors and virtually all of the plants will be attacked by fungal diseases including athracnose, canker and bud rot. Frequently apply fungicides. It doesn’t control established infections but somehow they prevent new infections. During rainy weather, the progress of these diseases are transmitted faster than usual. Even though the humidity of levels are the same as outdoors, an indoor plant can be rarely affected. We have concluded that this species can only be grown in greenhouses that prevent rain contact with the plants.

HOODIA CURRORII

PROPAGATION METHODS

This type of plant is easily propagated from seeds.

Most of the experts have had a high success rate in rooting these cuttings than most other species of this plant Hoodia, and can be propagated from cuttings. But the practice of propagation is not recommended as it is much more difficult than the production of a true cactus, specifically plants in the family of cactaceae from cuttings. It has been unable to get some species and varieties to root, that is why cuttings in Hoodia is highly subjected to rot. Sometimes a callus forms over the cutting wound and this must be excised to allow root growth.  Typically, the majority of cuttings fail to survive and root.  Plants grown from cuttings have fewer roots, less vigor, and unstable form, often with few stems from the base and top-heavy branching from the main stem.