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Haworthia pygmaea
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


Haworthia pygmaea is found in the vicinity of Mossel Bay extending eastwards to around Little Brak River.

The plants are of medium size and usually have a greyish- green colour distinguishing them from the related Haworthia retusa from the Riversdale area that are green or yellowish and usually larger.

The plants mostly grow solitary but sometimes form clumps. Some plants have shiny tubercles on the adaxial leaf surface resulting in some attractive specimens (often referred to as 'crystallina'),

Further to the west of Mossel Bay darker plants are found with varying flowering times that are regarded as Haworthia silviae (argenteo-maculosa) up to about Humor station while further west complex associations exist with numerous species for quite a number of kilometers.

The pictures from Little Brak River are old and were taken with a low resolution Mavica camera. Pictures from Great Brak River by Gerhard Marx.


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Typical habitat of Haworthia pygmaea at Great Brak River. Plants in habitat at Little Brak River. Little Brak River. Little Brak River.
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Little Brak River. Great Brak River. Great Brak River. Great Brak River.
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'Crystallina' form at Great Brak River.



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