“Gasteria” Genus

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This genus’ name is derived from the Latin word for stomach, ‘gaster,’ which is due to its flowers being shaped like stomachs. The common name for the plant in this genus includes ox-tongue, lawyer’s tongue, cow-tongue, and some people call it mother-in-law’s tongue. The common names are because their leaves look like tongues. These leaves form uniquely shaped rosettes right from the ground. The initial leaves are recumbent, but they take an upturn as they move from the ground. The leaves at the center of the rosette are sometimes almost horizontal.

The genus’ foliage is tough, and it is defined by some natural white spots (distinctive to the white spots that cause troubles). Their primary color is usually green, but it can change to brighter hues depending on the intensity of the sun to which the plant is exposed. The tips of these leaves can be sharp or rounded, depending on the species.  It has sixteen species, and it is endemic to South Africa. It flowers in spring, and there may be some flowers in summer, from time to time. The blooms are usually red or pink and quite showy. Besides the color, their stomach-like shape makes them beautiful.

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