#1975 - Top of Swartwaterspoort, west of Riebeeck East, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
This localised species was once considered to be a form of G. liliputana. It is distinct species with typical G. liliputana occurring close-by. It is similar in appearance to G. baylissiana but with G. bicolor like leaf surfaces.
It is a small compact plant with the leaves that remains distichous. It is restricted to a few sub-colonies in the Swartwaterspoort (translated to "Black Water Gorge"), each little population, distinct from the other.
This species was named in honor of Doreen Court.
Plant size: Well established plants, about 7 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.