Gasteria excelsa "Cala"
ex. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden,
Stayner s.n., Top of Cala Pass, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
One of the most attractive rosette forming species of Gasteria. This plant is similar to G. excelsa but is found at a very high altitude far inland from where it is usually found. The plants are very compact with chunky rosettes. The leaves are dark green in shade to almost black exposed to more sun.
It is a really neat and slow-growing plant and forms very attractive specimen plants after several years of cultivation.
Plant size: Well established propagations, about 12 to 15 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 tounge, 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.