Science fiction is crazy about the notion of parasitism: foreign organisms that penetrate others to survive and eventually control or devour them. If literature and cinema are full of examples of this genre, so is nature. Hydnora africana is a South African plant singled out in the plant world for its appearance and way of life!
It is , that is , a primitive that has no leaves and that can survive only by parasitizing on other plants. It is the only angiosperm strict. Another peculiarity, it is a non-chlorophyll plant, which does not , an essential pigment for . Feed, Hydnora africana suck them plants on which it parasitizes, especially those of the genus Euphorbia. AND it allows him to dissolve the root wall of the host and attach his own to it. As , the plant remains invisible in the ground until it blooms!
!! Three huge ones tubular and dense exits from which then form a trap . The attracted by the stinking odor it emits Hydnora africana enter the flower through the interspaces between the petals that are marginal , the male organ of the plant. They are covered , the insects end their journey in the center of the flower where . Hydnora africana he holds them prisoners for several days before releasing them. The gives birth to a fruit that ripens after only two years!