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Haworthia azurea - Dr M. Hayashi,
A few paragraphs by Gerhard Marx.
Haworthia azurea falls into a somewhat confusing transitional category and shares features of the Haworthia decipiens Haworthia gracilis and Haworthia cooperi. It is evident that authors struggled to place it with certainty as Bayer first listed it as Haworthia gracilis var viridis ( MBB 6600 + JDV 97/144, Paardepoort) and later as Haworthia decipiens var minor ( MBB 6620 + JDV 97/156, Sapkamma) and recently lumped it as part of the Haworthia cooperi complex as Haworthia cooperi var viridis ( Smith 6967 Paardepoort). Dr. Hayashi sees the Paardepoort element as Haworthia hamata and only considers the Grootpoort/ Sapkamma Poort plants as representative of Haworthia azurea. Ingo Breuer lists it as Haworthia azurea and as only member of Aggregate Azurea.
Haworthia azurea is a small solitary or clustering, blue-green plant occurring on steep northern and eastern slopes of the Klein Winterhoek Mountains between Kleinpoort in the west and Kirkwood in the east. It grows in filtered shade of bushes and in the wild ranges in colour from blue-green to dull green-brown, depending upon the amount of sunlight it receives.
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