ISI 2004-28. Haworthia truncata Schoen

This species is a favorite example of the window-leaf strategy found in many haworthias, mesembs and peperomias, whereby the translucent leaf tips allow light into the interior chlorophyll-bearing layers where it may be captured for photosynthesis while avoiding water loss. Though common in cultivation, H. truncata still inspires awe and admiration with its unnatural-looking, truncate leaf tips. HBG 90225, from controlled pollination of plants collected Oct 8, 1998, by Dunne & Parisi (# 98-09), at Dysseldorp, W Cape, S Africa. $8.50.

Photo © 2004 by John N. Trager. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 76 (2), March - April, 2004