Haworthia arachnoidea var. scabrispina



H. arachnoidea
var. scabrispina, N. Baviaan, NEW PHOTO


Haworthia arachnoidea var. scabrispina M.B.Bayer
scabrispina: rough-spined.

H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina is on of the nicest element from "arachnoidea" group. It has roundish rosette, which is raised above the ground, its size is up to 15 cm in diameter. Numerous dark green leaves are covered with hard stiff spines. Younger plants are more white, when it grows older, spines tends to have brownish colour. It remains single or sometimes it forms small clumps.

Map of distribution


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina occurs in area around Laingsburg. It grows usually on more shadier south-facing slopes. I have seen plants growing under bushes or totally exposed on rocks - this was near Floriskraal Dam, S. Laingsburg. It co-occurs with H. pehlemanniae - near Laingsburg it self and S. of the town, where it grows very close to H. lockwoodii, H. viscosa, H. pehlemanniae and H. archeri. Near Koup Station, W. Laingsburg it grows together with H. albispina.

H. alpispina is very similar in shape, just more white in colour when mature, but the main difference is in flower - it has flower of H. pehlemanniae. I haven´t seen unfortunately the flower in nature. SW of Laingsburg is growing H. archeri var. dimorpha, which has some affinities with it. S of the town, near Rooinek Pass is growing H. isomorpha, which has more darker rosette and has flower of dimorpha. Another "arachnoid" element, H. joubertii, occurs more to the SE of Laingsburg.



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina is still not much common in cultivation - just few plants usually from tissue culture are seen. It is also not easy plant, quite slow and needs little shadier place. Propagation must be done by seeds.

H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg

H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, N. Baviaan, NEW PHOTOS



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, N. Baviaan, NEW PHOTO



locality of H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, N. Baviaan, NEW PHOTO


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Oskopvlakte, E. Laingsburg


near Oskopvlakte, E. Laingsburg



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Koup Station, E. Laingsburg


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Koup Station, E. Laingsburg



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Floriskraal Dam



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Floriskraal Dam



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, near Floriskraal Dam


near Floriskraal Dam



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg



H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg


H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg

H. arachnoidea var. scabrispina, Viskuil, S. Laingsburg


Synonym:
H. arachnoidea var. gigas

Known localities:

  • 35 km N. Laingsburg (3220DC)
  • Schoppelmaaikraal (3221CD)
  • N. Baviaans Station (3320BA)
  • Whitehill Ridge (3320BA)
  • Laingsburg (3320BB)
  • Nougaspoort (3320CA)
  • near Oskopvlakte (3321AA)
  • near Koup Station (3321AB)
  • Viskuil, S. Laingsburg (3320BB)
  • near Floriskraal Dam (3320BD)
  • 5 km W. Laingsburg (3320BB)
  • Middelplaas, S. Laingsburg (3320BB)
  • 1 km N. Koup Station (3321AB)

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