Gasteria rawlinsonii Oberm.
Baviaanskloof Cliff Gasteria
Gasteria rawlinsonii is one of the most unusual of the Gasteria species. It is a long-lived succulent shrub that branches from the base with erect stems that become pendulous and grow up to 3.3 feet (1 m) long. Leaves are fleshy, ascending-spreading, and arranged in 2 rows or in a spiral at a distance of up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) from each other. They are narrow, strap-shaped, recurved at the ends, green, brownish-green to reddish-green, rarely with faint white spots, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. The inflorescences have pink flowers and appear throughout the year, but mainly in spring.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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, making them more suitable as houseplants.
Gasterias are susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black spots on the leaves. These result from 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.
Gasteria rawlinsonii is native to South Africa.
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