Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi

Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi van Jaarsv. & Gideon F.Sm.
by Steven Molteno and Jakub Jilemicky

moltenoi: aftern Steven Molteno


A. tenax var. moltenoi is peculiar population which occurs far to the east near Prince Albert. It is known from one small area near the town. Nearby are growing A. robusta and A. herrei, but this plant is clearly different. Plants here attain enormous sizes, with shiny leaf surfaces and varied combinations of tubercles and striations. 
Distribution map

A. tenax var. moltenoi  seems to be connected through intermediate hallii populations near Gamkapoort Dam to the main hallii populations further West. It is noticeably connected to them, due to the marginated keels (present in hallii and all its closest relatives to the far West, such as bullulata and cremnophila), the striations, and the tall inflorescences with tiny tubular flowers. The flowers also appear in summer, at the same time as those of hallii. However it is also impressively different.

Flower stalk of A. tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Gerhard Marx
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Fruits of A. tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Steven Molteno
Astroloba tenax var. moltenoi , N of Prince Albert, photo by Gerhard Marx

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