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The plant Hydnora africana is a parasite that smells foul...and that’s not even the weirdest thing about it.
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Bolin, J., Maass, E., & Musselman, L. (2009). Pollination Biology of Hydnora africana Thunb. (Hydnoraceae) in Namibia: Brood‐Site Mimicry with Insect Imprisonment. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 170(2), 157-163. doi:10.1086/593047
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/593047?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

More info and pictures of Hydnora from Lytton J. Musselman at Old Dominion University
http://ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/plant/parasitic/hydnora.php

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Host, Writer, Animator, Editor
Anna Rothschild

Camera, Sound
Natasha Ishak

Many thanks to Dr. Lytton John Musselman for his help with this piece.

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