This hybrid was developed by myself, by using using Gasteria excelsa "Cala" and G. ellaphiae as parent plants.
This is one of two selections made. The plant stays small (about 15 cm in diameter) with chunky leaves and has a compact nature. Leaf colour is variable from light grey-green to pinkish-brown depending on the season and light.
Named for the Zulu word "Amabala" which means spots or spotted
Plant size: Well established propagations, about 5 to 6 cm from tip to tip are offered.
Gasteria is a small genus of easy-growing Southern African plants, commonly known as "beestong" (Afrikaans) which translates to Ox Tongue, for its rough textured strap-shaped leaves, this is especially a character of Gasteria batesiana.
There are about 25 recognised species and are predominantly found in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, but also known from the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The genus is nearly endemic to South Africa, but is also recorded from Namibia and Swaziland.
For a list of the recognised Gasteria species, please read Gasteria Species Checklist.