Gasteria – Lawyers Tongue

Up close with Gasteria batesiana

Gasteria (oxtongue, lawyers-tongue). The flowers are tubular, but unlike Aloes, they have a bulge at the base, hence the name Gasteria which refers to this little belly. The leaves are variously spotted with white in bands, or even in raised dots known as tuberculate. Some facetious gardener has said that these are the lies on the lawyer’s tongue. The leaves arise in one plane, or that is, unlike other succulents, they do not radiate out in several directions.

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