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Hoodia Gordonii Fact File

Hoodia gordonii
Scientific Name: Hoodia gordonii Sweet
Synonym:
Family: Asclepiadaceae

What is Hoodia?
Hoodia is a succulent plant found in the Kalahari desert of South Africa. The genus encompasses a number of varieties of plant of which Hoodia gordonii is one species. Hoodia plants are succulents, not cacti, although they do have a spiny appearance similar to cacti.

What does the inclusion of Hoodia in Appendix II of CITES mean?
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. There are 166 Parties (States bound by the Convention). Species covered by CITES are listed in three appendices. Appendix II includes species not necessarily threatened with extinction, but for which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilisation incompatible with their survival. Following a review at the Conference of Parties in Bangkok (October 2004) it was decided to include Hoodia onto Appendix II of CITES. This will help ensure that all harvest operations and trade of Hoodia plant material are controlled at an international level in order to conserve indigenous plant populations within the range states (South Africa, Namibia and Botswana).
See also letter to United States Department of the Interior FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Washington, D.C. 20240 from CITES Hoodia spp.: Letter to U.S. importers, exporters, and re-exporters as stated in  paragraph 3 (Domestic sales and purchases (commercial transactions within the United States) of Hoodia spp. are not affected by the Appendix-II listing.) as stated by cites.

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