Haworthia truncata

H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
Haworthia truncata Schoenland

truncata: ending abruptly and square.

H. truncata is a stemless, slowly proliferous species with leaves abruptly truncated and arranged distichously. In nature it grows burried in the ground, just leave tips are visible. In cultivation it tends to grow above the soil. This unusual leaf form and arrangement earned to this succulent the colloquial name in afrikaans "perderande" = horse teeth.

Distribution map

H. truncata grows from Calitzdorp in the West up to De Rust in the East. Some places were almost destroyed by over collecting, agriculture activities (ostriches) or some housing projects, but luckilly it is still common on many other localities. Near Van Wykskraal is growing nature hybrid with H. arachnoidea. And S of Calitzdorp, where H. maughanii  occurs, grow some intermediate forms with distichous leaves arrangement and roundish leave tips. This form was described by Poellnitz as H. truncata forma crassa. I will publish a separed article about it later. Near Kammanassie Dam is growing miniature form with hairy leave ends, this was described as H. truncata var. minor (H. pappilaris) by Breuer. At Wynandsrivier, between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp is growing very interesting small form of truncata, which resembles almost var. minor.

H. truncata is very widespread in cultivation, you can find it in nearly every collection. It is also very favourite plant for Japanase to grow hybrids and cultivars. It is an easy species, which can be propagated by seed, offsetts, leave or root cuttings.

H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
Locality of H. truncata, Wynandsrivier, NEW PHOTO
H. truncata, SpekkopNEW PHOTO
H. truncata, SpekkopNEW PHOTO
H. truncata, SpekkopNEW PHOTO
H. truncata, SpekkopNEW PHOTO
H. truncata, SpekkopNEW PHOTO
H. truncata, Schoemanshoek
H. truncata, Schoemanshoek
H. truncata, Schoemanshoek
H. truncata, Schoemanshoek
Locality of H. truncata, Schoemanshoek
H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
Locality of H. truncata, near Dysseldorp
H. truncata, Volmoed
H. truncata, Volmoed
H. truncata and H. mucronata var. morrissiae, Volmoed
Locality of H. truncata, Volmoed
H. truncata, Van Wykskraal
H. truncata, Van Wykskraal
H. truncata, Van Wykskraal
H. truncata, Van Wykskraal
H. truncata, Van Wykskraal
Locality of H. truncata, Van Wykskraal

Synonyms:
H. truncata forma tenuis, H. truncata var. tenuis, H. truncata forma normalis

Known localities:
  • Blackburn Valley, Calitzdorp (3321DA)
  • SW. Calitzdorp (3321DA)
  • W. Calitzdorp (3321DA)
  • Schoemanshoek (3322AC)
  • Volmoed (3322CA)
  • Oudtshoorn graveyard (3322CA)
  • De Rust to Kammanassie (3322CB)
  • Vanwykskraal (3322CB)
  • Dysseldorp (3322CB)
  • Wynandsrivier (3322CA)
  • Spekkop (3322CA)
  • near De Rust (3322BC)

2 comments:

Maria Brasil said...

I would like so much to have one of this Haorthia…I live in Brazil and would like to know if I could buy it in internet…
thank you!

Kuba said...

Hello Maria,
check out "Sources" page - there are tips for nurseries online worldwide. Or I have regular seed or plant offer, may be you can choose from there.
Jakub