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Haworthia truncata


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Succulent Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution South Africa (Western Cape)
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Desert / Semi-Desert)
Preferred Climate Zone Desert / Arid
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Short succulent with a fan-like shape.
Foliage Hard, plastic-like leaves are arranged in 2 files in a fan-like shape. The leaf tips are abruptly truncated and have 'windows' that allow light to penetrate the leaves.
Flowers Greenish white tubular flowers (0.6 cm long) are arranged in a spike inflorescence. The petal-like lobes on the flowers are curved backwards with a green stripe down the middle of most lobes.
Fruit Small, sausage-like fruits (1.3-1.9 cm long) become dry at maturity and split open to release flat, brown seeds.
Habitat Occurs in very arid environments. In nature, the plant is mostly buried underground with only the leaf tips exposed to minimize exposure to the harsh environment.
Cultivation Although this plant is buried underground in nature, it is better to pot the plant with the leaves exposed to prevent rot. To propagate the plant by seed, you can artificially pollinate the plant using a thin paintbrush and pollen from another individual. Seeds should be planted immediately after being collected from mature fruits.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Little Water
Maintenance Requirements High
Propagation Method Seed, Sucker
Plant Growth Rate Remarks Very Slow

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Symmetry Asymmetrical
Individual Flower Shape Tubular
Inflorescence Type Spike
Flowering Habit Polycarpic
Flower Colour(s) Remarks Greenish white
Flower Size 0.6 cm

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Fruit Classification Simple Fruit
Fruit Type Dehiscent Dry Fruit
Mature Seed Colour(s) Brown

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Master ID 29942
Species ID 4251
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 23 March 2022.