Haworthia herbacea

Haworthia herbacea Sandberg


Haworthia herbacea (Mill.) Stearn

herbacea: yellow-green

H. herbacea is small, stemless, proliferous species, the size varies from 35 mm to 80 mm. Leaves are greenish-yellow coloured, margins and keel covered with firm spines. It is charasteric by its large flowers which are white (beige) with pinkish tips - not like in case of H. reticulata, where they are more yellowish. H. herbacea flowers in late winter (South African = Septemeber - October). Name herbacea is quite "problematic", it has been aplicated in past on many different species - see the long list of synonyms below.


Distribution map

H. herbacea grows in Worcester area in the south-east to east of McGregor, south into the mountains at Villiersdorp to just north-west of Worcester itself. It is very close to H. reticulata. H. herbacea grows more solitary and more deeply sunk in the ground and is more hairy. There are several populations where H. herbacea and H. reticulata co-occurs and natural hybrids can be found, for example near De Wet. The form of H. herbacea from Villiersdorp mountains has a very large and impressive flower. H. herbacea has direct connection to H. maculata at Brandvlei Dam south of Worcester. At Sanberg it grows very close to H. pubescens and also near Lemoenpoort it grows near H. livida


flower of H. herbacea, Brandwacht

Bayer described under H. herbacea three variets: var. flaccida, var. lupula and var. paynei. I. Breuer keep var. paynei under H. herbacea, others are now separated species.

H. herbacea grows without any problems in cutlivation. Propagation can be done by seeds or offsetts. One of the nicest form is from Bosfontein.

H. herbacea, Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
H. herbacea, Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
H. herbacea, Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
H. herbacea, Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
Locality of H. herbacea, Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
H. herbacea, near Ouhansberge, NEW PHOTO
H. herbacea, Brandwacht
H. herbacea, Brandwacht
H. herbacea, Brandwacht
Locality of H. herbacea, Brandwacht
H. herbacea, Lemoenpoort East
Locality of H. herbacea, Lemoenpoort East

Haworthia herbacea just N. Worcester




Haworthia herbacea just N. Worcester



Haworthia herbacea just N. Worcester



Haworthia herbacea just N. Worcester



Haworthia herbacea Lemoenpoort



Haworthia herbacea Lemoenpoort



Haworthia herbacea Lemoenpoort
Haworthia herbacea Sandberg


Haworthia herbacea Sandberg



Haworthia herbacea Patryskloof



locality of Haworthia herbacea at Patryskloof



Haworthia herbacea Ribbokkop
Photo by Ingo Breuer



Synonyms:
Aloe herbacea, Aloe atrovirens, H. atrovirens, H. arachnoidea var. pumila, Aloe pumila, H. pumila, Aloe translucens, H. pellucens, Aloe arachnoidea var. translucens, H. translucens, H. pallida, H. aegrota, H. submaculata, H. luteorosea, H. arachnoidea (sensu C.L.Scott)

Known localities:
  • Karoo Garden (3319CB)
  • W. Worcester (3319CB)
  • Brandwacht (3319CB)
  • SE. Brandvlei Dam (3319CB)
  • W. Doornrivier (3319CD)
  • Lemoenpoort (3319CD)
  • N. Lemoenpoort (3319CD)
  • Patryskloof (3319DA)
  • De Wet (3319DA)
  • Rabiesberg (3319DA)
  • Ribbokkop (3319DC)
  • Keerweder, Jonaskop (3319DC)
  • Nuy (3319DC)
  • Mowers (3319DC)
  • Wansbeck (3319DC)
  • Rabiesdal (3319DD)
  • Koningsrivier (3319DD)
  • Bosfontein (3319DC)
  • Sandberg 3319CB)
  • Mowers Station (3319DA)
  • between Worcester and Robertson (3319DA)
  • 1 km N. Lemoenpoort (3319CD)
  • 25 km SW. Worcester (3319CD)
  • E. McGregor (3319DD)
  • Brandvlei Dam (3319CB)
  • Brewelskloof (3319CB)
  • McGregor (3319DD)
  • N. Worcester (3319CB)
  • between Worcester and McGregor (3319DD)
  • NE. Villiersdorp (3319CD)
  • S. Karoo Garden, Worcester (3319CB)
  • Avondrust (3319CD)
  • Leipzig

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