ISI 2017-21. Haworthia pygmaea von Poellnitz

This is by no means the smallest haworthia, as the epithet might imply. Depending on growing conditions, and the clone being cultivated, rosettes can reach 6 to 8 cm diameter. The leaves are retuse, that is with flattened translucent tips that lie nearly flush with the surface of the ground. The most popular forms have large windows and are covered with silvery papillae making them appear to be covered with sugar crystals. This is such a form that came to us from haworthia collector Bob Kent (his number 0087). Another distinctive feature of this form is the prominent red midstripe of the relatively large floral bracts. The species is restricted to the areas around Great Brak and Mossel Bay, E. Cape, S. Africa. Ours is from the latter area. Rooted offsets of HBG 73923, $7.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 89 (3), May-June, 2017