Zebra Haworthia
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Zebra Haworthia
P Introduced Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Zebra Haworthia
Botanical name: Haworthiopsis attenuata    Family: Asphodelaceae (Aloe family)
Synonyms: Haworthia attenuata, Aloe attenuata

Zebra Haworthia is an evergreen fleshy plant with short leaves arranged in rosettes 6-12 cm in diameter. The fleshy leaves are tapered and have bands of white nodules on them. The species subdivides and offsets readily; in the wild it forms large clumps. It is popular as a house plant, due to its resistance to drought and general hardiness. It is frequently confused with the rarer Haworthiopsis fasciata, to which it looks very similar. However Haworthiopsis attenuata can easily be distinguished by its white tubercles, which occur on both upper and lower sides of its leaves (H. fasciata has tubercles only on the underside, with a smooth upper surface of its leaves). A fundamental distinction is that H. attenuata's leaves are not fibrous. In addition, the leaves of H.attenuata are often (though not always) longer, thinner, and more splayed out. Zebra Haworthia is natove to South Africa.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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