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Haworthia kotei - Dr. M.Hayashi.
East of De Rust the Haworthia that are related to either Haworthia arachnoidea or Haworthia sakai (mucronata ally) start to show mixed morphology and consequently cause confusion regarding their nearest association.
Haworthia kotei is an example of a plant that seems likely related to Haworthia sakai and Haworthia decipiens although the relationship to Haworthia decipiens seems clearer.The plants are darker green in colour though, and especially the lower part of the leaves are very similar to those of Haworthia arachnoidea. This species flowers mainly in September and therefore the association with decipiens and sakai appear more likely. The bristles on the leaves are similar to those of Haworthia decipiens but the leaves are clearly keeled. The tranlucence of the leaf ends remind of both decipiens and sakai. Ingo Breuer places the species in the aggregate Decipiens, where it probably belongs.
The roots seem to be fairly contractile and the plants are found usually well sunk into the soil.
The plants occur at a number of places east of De Rust and they are not constant in size or appearance at different localities.
Haworthia kotei has soft semi-succulent leaves with translucent endings that fit rather well with Haworthia decipiens although the latter is found north of the Swartberg range while De Rust is south of the mountain in the Little Karoo some 35 km east of Oudtshoorn where Haworthia sakai is found abundantly.
West of Oudtshoorn around Calitzdorp there also seems to an influence of Haworthia decipiens "hopping over the Swartberg" as in e.g. Haworthia calitzensis.
Haworthia kotei and other relatives further east seem to be slightly more difficult in cultivation than Haworthia decipiens and Haworthia sakai and are rather prone to rot when given too much water.
|Haworthia kotei habitat near Vlakteplaas.||Haworthia kotei in habitat near Vlakteplaas. Well plants are invariably sunk into the soil.||Vlakteplaas.||Fruiting early October. Vlakteplaas|
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