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Haworthia paradoxa
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


Haworthia paradoxa (Von Poellnitz) is found near the picturesque coastal town of Vermaaklikheid. The epithet 'paradoxa' was apparently not explained by the author. Mr. Bruce Bayer however mentions that the unexpected spiny leaf surface, similar to Haworthia wimii (H emelyae v major), might be the possible paradox.

Indeed Haworthia paradoxa shows surprising similarities to Haworthia wimii also in leaf shape and translucent abaxial leaf spots. Haworthia paradoxa is however notably a greener plant than Haworthia wimii. The two species are also well separated by a good 50 kilometers. Further Haworthia paradoxa occurs near the coast well south of the Langeberg Mountains, while Haworthia grows north of the latter.

Haworthia paradoxa has been included as a variety of mirabilis by Bayer but its location is well to the east of the latter. Its real association is rather difficult to determine and it is best left as a unique species,

It is a beautiful and rewarding plant in cultivation.

Habitat photographs by Gerhard Marx.


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Vermaaklikheid. Vermaaklikheid. Plants flowering amongst shrub near Vermaaklikheid. Habitat near Vermaaklikheid.



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