Haworthia springbokvlakensis Family:Asphodelaceae (Aloacee – Liliaceae)
Haworthia springbokvlakensis Scientific name: Haworthia springbokvlakensis C.L.Scott
Origin: South Africa (Eastern cape, East of Little Karoo)
Habitat: A limited number of plant were found scattered on a small hill in the dry interior West Cape around Oudtshoorn where the population density was never very high. In this area the rain is scant but can occur in winter or summer. They grows almost buried with only the upper retuse face of the leaves visible, on a firm hard gravely soil with pH 6,8 in the protection of shrubs often in deep shade and covered with dust.
Etymology: The species has been named spingbokwlakensis for the occurrence on one of dozen or more places named Spingbokvlatke in Little Karro region (South-Africa). The name Springbokvlakte indicates a “flats where the springboks are found” (Springbok are South African gazelle noted for springing lightly into the air)
Haworthia springbokvlakensis Description: Haworthia springbokvlakensis is a tiny perennial- succulent with retuse leaves almost flat to the ground.
Rosettes: This species is very slow growing and forms a solitary few-leaved rosette 7 to 10 cm in diameter, each rosette has only 8 to 12 leaves.
Leaves: 3,5-6 cm long and about 1,5 cm large, retuse, turgid grey-green to greyish-pink with translucent “windows” ornamented with characteristic fine purple-brown pattern of (usually) not-branched striations on the terminal part. They are more or less smooth with very small tubercles the same colour of the leaf. Minute teeth are found on the margin.
Flowers: Flowers are borne on a slender inflorescence up to 25 cm tall, they are whitish, the petals have a darker brown mid-line.