Gasteria bicolor Lovedale
ex. Lovedale, north of Klipplaat, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
One of the best forms of Gasteria bicolor from its northern distribution range. The plants have thick succulent leaves that are oppositely arranged in a compact fan.
Grown in bright light the spotted leaves take on avery lovely pinkish colour.
Plant size: Well established propagations, about 6 to 8 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.