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Astroloba bullulata
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape: Northern Cape:


Astroloba bullulata - Uitewaal,

I have unsuccessfully tried to find the type locality for Astroloba bullulata with an internet search. Oral communication seems to indicate that it is around Matjiesfontein in the Great Karoo, Western Cape. If anybody has more information on this please email me at izimakana@gmail.com .

The presenty known distribution seems to be from south of Laingsburg to the Sutherland district.

Astroloba bullulata is a handsome species, especially in cultivation where the plants are less likely to have necrotic stems. It is a robust plant with dark green to white markings on the upper surface of the neatly compacted olive green leaves. The plants have attractive yellowish flowers. In cultivation it is a slow grower, similar to others in the genus.

Plants from south of Laingsburg, around Viskuil and Varsbokkraal, tend to be more slender than plants from around Matjiesfontein. It maybe open to debate whether these should be regarded as a separate variety or species. I shall refer to this form as Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' for now.


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Astroloba bullulata originally from around Matjiesfontein. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' from Varsbokkraal. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' in habitat at Varsbokkraal. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' Varsbokkraal.
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Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' Varsbokkraal. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' Varsbokkraal. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' Viskuil. Not all the plants are slender. Astroloba bullulata 'gracile' Viskuil
Astroloba bullulata



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