Gasteria batesiana "Black Beauty"
ex. Barberton, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Gasteria batesiana is one of the most attractive species, very variable and often with compact tuberculated leaves. The colour variation and markings on the leaves are fascinating.
One of the best clones of G. batesiana with densely tuberculated leaves that varies from dark green to brown and black depending on the season and the amount of light given.
This plant I got from Ernst van Jaarsveld, it is also known as G. batesiana "Barberton".
Plant size: Well established seed-grown plants, about 6 to 8 cm from tip to tip are offered.
The fascinating leaf texture of the adult plant
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.