ISI 2009-23. Haworthia mucronata Haw. var mucronata

Variable in degree of toothiness and translucence, there is much potential in this variety for selection of worthy clones for cultivation. The one offered here is especially proliferous, creating impressive clumps without any hint of the root loss and die-back that hinders growing larger specimens of most other clones. The leaves are lined with teeth along the leaf keel and margins and bear prominent lineate windows in the upper third. The tips are drawn out into an awn that often bends one way or another, giving the plants a windswept look as if they have been cruising the veld in a convertible. To add to the effect they tan nicely, taking on a pinkish blush in bright light. The variety is native to the West Cape of South Africa, from Montagu to Oudtshoorn. Divisions of HBG 73902, a plant from Bob Kent who received it from Catherine Mangold. $6.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 81 (2), March - April, 2009