Gasteria Bicolor var Liliputana | Dwarf Lawyers Tongue

Gasteria Bicolor var Liliputana | Dwarf Lawyers Tongue

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Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana proliferates from the base forming dense groups of up to ten or more individuals. The leaves are 15-100 mm long and 8-14 mm broad, tapering, strap-shaped with a rounded or acute top and a smooth, mottled epidermis. The leaves of young plants are distichous (arranged in two opposite ranks) and look quite different to the adult leaves.

Flowers can be produced at any time of the year, but peak flowering time is in midwinter to spring. The inflorescence is a simple, elongated raceme, much taller than the leaves, reaching 160-400 mm in height. The flowers are 12-15 mm long, pendulous, tubular, and reddish pink in colour. They are rich in nectar and are pollinated by various sunbirds. The seed capsule is 12-14 mm long and contains small, black seeds 2-3 mm in diameter, with a wing for wind dispersal.

Source: Plants Africa