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Gasteria batesiana var. dolomitica

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Scientific Name

Gasteria batesiana var. dolomitica van Jaarsv. & A.E.van Wyk

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Gasteria

Description

Gasteria batesiana var. dolomitic is a slow-growing, succulent plant, less common in collections, with almost cylindrical leaves. They are very brittle, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. When leaves touch the ground, they spontaneously root forming new plantlets. The leaves are beautifully mottled (white, green and dark grey), almost like a snake.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Gasterias are often grouped with Haworthias because the plants have similar cultural requirements. Both are attractive, small succulents that can tolerate somewhat more shade than many succulents, which makes them more suitable as houseplants.

These succulents are susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black spots on the leaves. These are the result of too much humidity or water on the leaves, but they should not spread too quickly. They have a natural defense mechanism against such fungal attacks and attack the invading organism and seal off the wounded spot. In general, any place where Haworthia and Aloe thrive will be hospitable to a Gasteria.

Gasterias are small, shallow-rooted, and relatively slow-growing. They are often grown in small clusters in wide, shallow dishes. Over time, clusters will naturally enlarge as the mother plant sends off small plantlets… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Gasteria

Origin

Gasteria batesiana var. dolomitica grows on dolomite cliffs along the Olifants River in Limpopo province of South Africa.

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