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Gasteria batesiana – Knoppies Beestong

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Scientific Name

Gasteria batesiana G.D.Rowley

Common Names

Knoppies Beestong, Knoppies Gasteria

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Gasteria

Description

Gasteria batesiana is a small charming succulent plant bearing rough tuberculata brittle leaves, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. It is at once recognized by its small rosettes of triangular-lanceolate leaves often with transverse mottled cross bands, simple inflorescence of large nectar-rich flowers, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm). The plant soon proliferates from the base forming small groups.

Gasteria batesiana - Knoppies Beestong

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How to Grow and Care

Gasteria are often grouped with Haworthia 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. Gasteria 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. Gasteria 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.

Gasteria 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

Native to the inland escarpment in the far north-east of South Africa.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Gasteria ‘Little Warty’
Gasteraloe ‘Royal Highness’

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