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Hoodia pilifera subsp. pillansii occurs at a number of localities in the western - and middle Great Karoo. Scattered colonies exist in the vicinity of Ngaapkop, Kruidfontein, Matjiesfontein and other places.

The flowers are quite small with the corolla mostly pinkish-yellow and the corona yellow with a strong evil smell.The pedicels are relatively long making the flowers sometimes slightly droopy.

The cultivation requirements of Hoodia pilifera subsp. pillansii are similar to many others in the genus. The soil must be well drained, the minimum temperature preferably not less then about -3 deg Celsius. Good light and ventilation are essential and watering should be alternated with periods of drought. The plants need time to harden off between periods of growth to reduce the chance of fungal infections.

Hoodia pilifera subsp. pillansiiHoodia pilifera subsp. pillansii in cultivation.

Hoodia pilifera subsp. pillansiiHoodia pilifera subsp. pillansii stem with flowers.