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The Strangest Plant in the World!!

Hydnora johannis, Um Barona, Wad Medani, Sudan.

Well, maybe not the strangest plant in the world, but certainly one of the most bizarre. This site includes pictures from our Hydnora and Prosopanche research as well as texts from published work and a bibliography of my papers on the genus.

Be sure to check  Tennakoon, K. U., J. F. Bolin, L. J. Musselman, and E. Maas. 2007. Structural attributes of the hypogeous holoparasite Hydnora triceps Drege & Meyer (Hydnoraceae). American Journal of Botany94(9):  1439-1449 with the cover of that issue featuring the award winning image by Jay Bolin.

See the PowerPoint presentation on Hydnora Secrets of the Kanikwa

Lytton John Musselman
19 September 2008 


Hydnora Haustoria

Hydnora Field Work Fall 2001

Hydnora Field Work Winter 2002

Hydnoraceae Pictures

Published Papers on Hydnora

Hydnora triceps

Natural History of the Strangest Plant in the World 28 August 2003 PowerPoint Lecture

Hydnora africana

Hydnora esculenta