Haworthia nortieri 'agnis'

Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim

Haworthia nortieri 'agnis' L.Battista

agnis: after author´s unborn daughter.

H. nortieri 'agnis' is very attractive element from nortieri group. Rosette is 4-6cm in diameter, with dark green leaves with prominent and large pellucid white teeths and raised pellucid round spots. Plants is rarely proliferous, same as other nortieri plants. It is somehow intermediate between normal H. nortieri which occurs from Vanrhynspass to South up to Ceres, and var. globosiflora, which occurs on top of the Bokkeveld escarpment from Nieuwoudtville area further SE to Ouberg Pass. It is very attractive species.


Distribution map

H. nortieri 'agnis' is growing in Knersvlakte area, N of Vanrhynsdorp. It was sofar reported only from several localities from this area. It is a rare species, which populations are very scattered and usually contain only few specimens. It prefers dry araea, usually under the bushes or between rocks. 


Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
It was described by author at Alsterworthia International journal (Volume 2., Issue 2. in July 2002). Below I quote from page 9.: 

"The decision to describe H. agnis as a new species is based on the hypothesis that two species complexes may have originated from this plant on both sides of the Bokkeveld escarpment as it seems as it has some features in common with H. nortieri var. nortieri and H. globosiflora although it fits neither of these plants.The more evident morphological characteristic of the plant is the prominent and large pellucid white teeth on the upper half/third of the face of the leaves which are
absent in H. nortieri var. nortieri according to the original description, while in H. globosiflora
the original description mentions “a number of raised pellucid round and oblong spots up to 1 mm diam. near the tip... some with teeth”. The same prominent and large pellucid white teeth are present also on the upper half/third of the back of the leaves while in the other two species the dots are absent according to the original descriptions. The teeth are big and prominent above all on the face of the new leaves while in the older ones they tend to became softer or sometimes to disappear."


H. nortieri 'agnis' is not easy plant to grow well in cultivation - similar to H. nortieri var. globosiflora. It needs more shade in Summer and be careful with over watering them. Propagation must be done by seed.

Known localities:
  • TL, Knersvlakte, NE. Vanrhynsdorp (3319AC)
  • Douse the Glimm (3118BB)
  • Klipdrift (3119AC)
  • Quaggaskop
  • Knersvlakte (3118BB)
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim

Locality of H. nortieri 'agnis', Douse The Glim
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', ENE. Knersvlakte, 
 photo by Frantisek Vesely, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', ENE. Knersvlakte, 
 photo by Frantisek Vesely, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia nortieri 'agnis', ENE. Knersvlakte, 
 photo by Frantisek Vesely, NEW PHOTO
Locality of H. nortieri 'agnis', ENE. Knersvlakte, 
 photo by Frantisek Vesely, NEW PHOTO