Haworthia tessellata

Haworthia tessellata, Victoria West, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata Haw.

tessellata: square-patterned.

H. tessellata is one of the most widespread and also variable Haworthia. Rosette is stemless, with square patterned lines on leaves, lower surface is usually slightly scabrid. It occurs primarily in the summer rainfall area. Usually it is very proliferous or stoloniferous, it forms clusters in nature and fill in the space it has - shady place under the bush or in rock crevices. 

There was a  examination of chromosone numbers done by Motohashi et al. They found that polyploidy is common. Hexaploids and octaploids appear to dominate to north-east, while tetraploids do so in the north-west and south-east. The number of chromosomes does not matterially affect the appearance of the plants.

Distribution map
H. tessellata grows in very large distribution area as you can see on the atteched map. It is the only Haworthia that grows in Namibia. (May be some arachnoidea as well). In past there were huge number of names amongst this species, but Bayer includes all as synonyms of H. tessellata. I think it was wise decision.

In cultivation it grows quite easily, propagation is done by stolons/offsetts. If you give it right amount of sun light, the nice markings will be more visible and plants more attractive.

Haworthia tessellata, The Vale, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, The Vale, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, The Vale, NEW PHOTO
Laocality of H. tessellata, The Vale, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Brakfontein, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Brakfontein, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Brakfontein, NEW PHOTO
Locality of H. tessellata, Brakfontein, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Pampoenfontein, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Pampoenfontein, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Victoria West, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Victoria West, NEW PHOTO
Locality of H. tessellata, Victoria West, NEW PHOTO
Haworthia tessellata, Anenous Pass
Haworthia tessellata, Anenous Pass
Locality of H. tessellata, Anenous Pass
Haworthia tessellata, Rooiberg
Haworthia tessellata, Rooiberg
Locality of H. tessellata, Rooiberg
Haworthia tessellata, Stinkfonteinrivier
Haworthia tessellata, Stinkfonteinrivier
Locality of H. tessellata, Stinkfonteinrivier
Haworthia tessellataGroenrivier, E of Klipbok
Haworthia tessellataGroenrivier, E of Klipbok
Locality of H. tessellataGroenrivier, E of Klipbok
Haworthia tessellata, near Klipbok
Haworthia tessellata, near Klipbok
Locality of H. tessellata, near Klipbok
Haworthia tessellatanear Xaminxaip River
Haworthia tessellatanear Xaminxaip River
Locality of H. tessellatanear Xaminxaip River
Haworthia tessellata, S of Vioolsdrift
Haworthia tessellata, S of Vioolsdrift
Locality of H. tessellata, S of Vioolsdrift
Haworthia tessellata, NE of Steinkopf
Haworthia tessellata, NE of Steinkopf
Locality of H. tessellata, NE of Steinkopf
H. tessellata, Beaufort West,
H. tessellata, Beaufort West
H. tessellata, Beaufort West
H. tessellata, SE of Middelpos
H. tessellata, SE of Middelpos
Locality of H. tessellata, SE of Middelpos
H. tessellata, Bethel
H. tessellata, Bethel
H. tessellata, Bethel
Locality of H. tessellata, Bethel
H. tessellata, W of Klipdrif
H. tessellata, W of Klipdrif
H. tessellata, W of Klipdrif
H. tessellata, W of Klipdrif
Locality of H. tessellata, W of Klipdrif
H. tessellata, Jakhalsdraai
H. tessellata, Jakhalsdraai
H. tessellata, Jakhalsdraai
Locality of H. tessellata, Jakhalsdraai
H. tessellata, Molteno Pass
H. tessellata, Molteno Pass
H. tessellata, Molteno Pass
H. tessellata, Molteno Pass
Locality of H. tessellata, Molteno Pass
Haworthia tessellata, Douse-The-Glym
Haworthia tessellata, Douse-The-Glym
Haworthia tessellata, Douse-The-Glym
Haworthia tessellata, Douse-The-Glym
Locality of H. tessellata, Douse-The-Glym

Synonyms:
Aloe tessellata, H. parva, Aloe parva, H. tessellata var. inflexa, H. tessellata var. parva, H. engleri,  H. tessellata var. engleri, H. pseudotessellata,  H. tessellata var. tuberculata, H. minutissima,  H. tessellata var. minutissima,  H. tessellata var. elongata, H. tessellata var. simplex, H. tessellata var. stephaniana,  H. tessellata var. luisierii,  H. tessellata var. palhinhiae,  H. tessellata var. velutina,  H. tessellata var. coriacea,  H. tessellata var. coriacea forma longior, H. tessellata var. coriacea forma brevior, H. tessellata var. obesa, H. venosa ssp. recurva

Known localities:    
  • Vanzylsrus (2622CC)
  • Vryburg (2623DC)
  • Schwarzekuppe, Aurus (2716CB)
  • Namuskluft (2716DD)
  • Rosh Pinah (2716DD)
  • Holoog Station, W. Grünau (2718AC)
  • near Klein Karas (2718CA)
  • Signalberg, W. Grünau (2718CA)
  • Matlaring River (2723AB)
  • Buxton (2724DB)
  • Klein Boetsap (2724CD)
  • S. Ochta (2816BB)
  • S. Sendelingsdrift (2816BB)
  • Sendelingsdrift (2816BB)
  • Hellskloof (2816BD)
  • Augrabies (2816CB)
  • Rooiberg (2817AA)
  • Black Face Mountains (2817CB)
  • Helskloof (2817CD)
  • NE. Eksteenfontein (2817CD)
  • E. Klipbok (2817CD)
  • Eksteenfontein (2817CD)
  • Kouefontein (2817CD)
  • S. Violsdrift (2817DA)
  • E. Aussenkehr (2817DA)
  • W. Aussenkehr (2817DA)
  • Warmbad (2818CA)
  • Tantalite Valley (2818DB)
  • W. Pella (2819CC)
  • Aughrabies (2820CB)
  • Kakamas (2820DB)
  • Wegdraai (2821DD)
  • N. Pofadder (2917AB)
  • NE. Skimmelberg, NE. Port Nolloth (2917AB)
  • Skimmelberg, W. Steinkopf (2917AB)
  • E. Poffader (2917AD)
  • NE. Umdaus (2917BA)
  • N. Umdaus (2917BA)
  • S. Umdaus (2917BA)
  • Umdaus (2917BA)
  • Gunhill, Anenous (2917BA)
  • Arebees (2917BB)
  • N. Steinkopf (2917BB)
  • Anenous Pass (2917BB)
  • Springbok (2917BC)
  • Kinderle (2917BD)
  • Koeries (2918BA)
  • Aggenys (2918BB)
  • E. Smorenskadu Farm (2918CA)
  • W. Gamoep (2918DC)
  • Nuwedam, SE. Poffader (2919AB)
  • Pofadder (2919AB)
  • Die Poortse Berge (2919AD)
  • Spitzkop, N. Port Nolloth (2919AD)
  • Marydale (2922AA)
  • Prieska (2922DB)
  • Mazelsfontein (2923BA)
  • 3,6km NW. Campbell (2923DC)
  • Belmont (2924AD)
  • Luckhoff (2924DB)
  • Jagersfontein (2925CB)
  • Koppies (2925CB)
  • Veld Reserve (2925CB)
  • Kromfonteinberg (3017DB)
  • 60 km NNW. Loeriesfontein (3019AD)
  • Jaagvlakte (3019BD)
  • Leeuput, Vosburg (3022BD)
  • Vaalhoek (3022CC)
  • Omdraaisvlei (3023AA)
  • N. Britstown (3023BD)
  • Brakfontein (3023CB)
  • Twyfelhoek (3023DA)
  • Vloekpoort (3023DD)
  • De Aar (3024AD)
  • P.K. Le Rouxdam (3024BA)
  • near Petrusville (3024BA)
  • Philippolis (3025AD)
  • Bethulie (3025BD)
  • Colesberg (3025CA)
  • Kraairivier (3026AB)
  • Tussen Riviere (3026AC)
  • near Rouxville (3026BD)
  • Murraysville (3026CD)
  • Doctors Drift (3026DA)
  • Kraai River (3026DD)
  • Vegkop, 11 km W. Zastron (3027AC)
  • Lady Grey (3027CA)
  • Kamelksrivier (3027CA)
  • Quaggaskop (3118BC)
  • Ezelskop (3119AA)
  • Koppieskraal (3119AB)
  • Vanrhyns Pass (3119AC)
  • Akkerendam, N. Calvinia (3119BD)
  • Blouwkranspass, S. Calvinia (3119DB)
  • Hamberg, Syter (3120AD)
  • N. Middelpos (3120BA)
  • Middelpos (3120CC)
  • Fraisersberg (3121DC)
  • Pampoenpoort, SE. Carnarvon (3122BA)
  • Victoria West (3123AC)
  • Three Sisters (3123CC)
  • Nuwerus (3123CD)
  • Cypherwater (3124AD)
  • Tweedale, Noupoort (3124BB)
  • Carlton Station, NE of Middelburg (3124BD)
  • Flouker (3125AC)
  • Rooispruit (3125AD)
  • Schoombie (3125AD)
  • Doringberg, Conway (3125CB)
  • Thebus (3125BC)
  • Allemanspoort, S. Jamestown (3126BB)
  • Bethel (3220AB)
  • Geelhoek (3220AB)
  • BO Fish River (3220AC)
  • Granietberge, N. Sutherland (3220BC)
  • Otterkuil, NW. Sutherland (3220BC)
  • Sutherland (3220BC)
  • Beaufort West (3222BC)
  • Aarfontein (3221AD)
  • Karoo Park (3222BA)
  • E. Molteno Pass (3222BC)
  • Molteno Pass (3222BC)
  • Road to Loxton (3222BC)
  • Stolshoek (3222BD)
  • Nelspoort (3223AA)
  • Redcilffe (3223BA)
  • Valley of Desolation, Graaff-Reinet (3224AD)
  • Aberdeen Road (3223CD)
  • Mt. Zebra Park (3225AD)
  • Halesowen (3225BA)
  • old road between Steytlerville and Uitenhage (3324BC)
  • Jakhalsdraai (3118BB)
  • W. Klipdrif (3118BB)
  • 30 km S of Vioolsdrift (2817DD)
  • near Klipbok (2817CD)
  • near Steinkopf (2917BB)
  • Groenrivier, E. Klipbok (2817CD)
  • near Xaminxaip River, NE. Klipbok (2817CD)
  • Stinkfonteinrivier, E. Soetgat (2817CD)
  • Brakfontein, N. Three Sisters (3123CC)
  • Pampeonfontein, near Biesiespoort (3123CA)
  • The Vale (3222BB)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great to finally see tessellata on this site, but the distribution map is blank!

Kuba said...

Hi, thanks - distribution map is now updated. Kuba