This species was named after Dr A B Curror of HMS Water Witch, who discovered it at Elephants Bay, Angola, in 1840 (White and Sloane, 1937).
It is a spiny, succulent shrub with cylindrical stems. The flowers are:
Hoodia currorii only flowers after rain. The flowers smell like rotten meat and attract flies and other insect pollinators.
The fruit forms a pair of cylindrical follicles - each follicle is 15–22cm long, glabrous, and pink to green. The fruits split open in 2 halves to release 100–250 seeds.
Hoodia currorii is divided into 2 subspecies:
The species can be easily distinguished from its close relative Hoodia gordonii (Masson) Sweet ex Decne. as it has a brownish red corolla which is densely covered with long soft violet hairs. In Hoodia gordonii, the corolla is not covered with hairs.