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Gasteria baylissiana (Suurberg Gasteria)

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Scientific Name

Gasteria baylissiana Rauh

Common Names

Suurberg Gasteria, Suurberg Ox-tongue, Lawyer's Tongue

Scientific Classification

Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Gasteria

Description

Gasteria baylissiana is a small, stemless succulent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, with leaves that grow in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the stem. It offsets prolifically from the base to form dense clusters. Leaves are tongue-shaped, up to 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Both upper and lower surfaces of the leaves are swollen, rough and covered in tiny, white tubercles. In spring, a usually unbranched, up to 14 inches (35 cm) long stem bears a row of 15 to 25 bell-shaped, bright red-pink and green flowers.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These plants 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.

Gasterias 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.

These succulents 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 Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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