“Gasteria” Genus

Gasteria Genus Image

This genus’ name is derived from the Latin word for stomach ‘gaster’ it is due to its flowers that are 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 decumbent 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.

Gasteria Plants On Succulent City

Gasteria Armstrongii Image
Gasteria Armstrongii (Flat-leaf Gasteria)
Gasteria Flow Image
Gasteria Flow (The Aloe Flow)
Gasteria Batesiana Image
Gasteria Batesiana (Knoppies Gasteria)
Gasteria Little Warty Image
The Ox Tongue ‘Gasteria Little Warty’
Gasteria Acinacifolia Image
Gasteria Acinacifolia (The Coast Ox-tongue)
Gasteria Carinata Image
Gasteria Carinata (Bredasdorp Gasteria)
Gasteria Liliputana Image
The Dwarf Ox-tongue ‘Gasteria Liliputana’
Gasteria Glomerata Image
Gasteria Glomerata (The Kouga Gasteria)
 Gasteria Bicolor Image
Gasteria Bicolor (Gasteria Obliqua/Gasteria Maculata)
Gasteria Pillansii Image
Gasteria Pillansii (The Namaqua Gasteria)
Gasteria Fuscopunctata Image
Gasteria Fuscopunctata
Gasteria Verrucosa Image
Gasteria Verrucosa
Gasteria Minima Image
The Lawyers Tongue Plant ‘Gasteria Minima’
Gasteria Gracilis Image
Gasteria Gracilis
Gasteria Okavango Image
Gasteria Okavango
Gasteria Aristata Image
Gasteria Aristata
Gasteria Disticha Image
The Great Karoo Ox-tongue ‘Gasteria Disticha’
Gasteria Baylissiana Image
Gasteria Baylissiana (The Suurberg ox-tongue Plant)
Gasteria Brachyphylla Image
Gasteria Brachyphylla (Klein Karoo ox-tongue)


Richard Miller

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