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Hoodia pilifera subsp pilifera (previously regarded as Trichocaulon piliferum) occurs widespread (but uncommon) from the Little Karoo to the Uniondale district. It is also found north of the Swartberg range with some variation in its floral characteristics.

The flowers are mostly dark purple although some brown flowering plants are found north of the Swartberg.

The plants are similar, although mostly smaller then Hoodia subsp. annulata. The flowers measure 12 to 16 mm across. and the annulus is not as pronouncedly raised as in the previously mentioned species. The pedicels are short which prevent the flower petals from opening completely due to the pressure of the surrounding spines. Some northern forms e.g. in Bosluiskloof have longer pedicels and the flowers open fully.

Although Hoodia pilifera subsp. pilifera is more common in collection then some other Hoodia species, it is quite difficult to cultivate from seed.

Hoodia pilifera subsp. piliferaHoodia pilifera subsp pilifera from the Oudtshoorn area.

Hoodia pilifera subsp. piliferaHoodia pilifera subsp. pilifera flower.

Hoodia pilifera subsp. piliferaHoodia pilifera subsp. pilifera from Bosluiskloof. Flowers open completely and are not so dark.