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Haworthia magnifica var. splendens

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Haworthia magnifica var. splendens (Standard form - West of Albertina )
Really magnificent and splendid as the species name implies
 

Description: Haworthia magnifica var. splendens is a slow growing species that stay usually solitary but that can occasionally proliferates after several years. The superlative epithets of this variety give a hint of the exquisite beauty of this plant, that shows shades of bronze-rose in half shade culture. It is similar to H. truncata but the growth and arrangement of the fat windowed leaves is mounding.
Stem: Stemless.
Rosettes: Up to 8 cm in diameter that flush at soil level in habitat.
Leaves:
Very attractive, spreading and retuse up to 3,5 cm long, triangular-elliptic, end area triangular, swollen, dark green to purplish with 4-5 longitudinal silvery-grey lines along the upper surfaces and with shiny raised tubercles. Margin entire or finely toothed. The tip of the leaf is more or less translucent between the veins. If grown properly, the nicest forms resemble little sculptures and all turn extraordinary colors if treated right: purple, turquoise, pink, gold, and may be streaked and dotted with white, gold and silver as well. H. magnifica var. splendens however show wide variations, this variety alone is enough to keep aficionados of the genus engaged for generations, selecting from a seemingly vast potential of degrees of glossiness, colours and translucence, lineate patterns and papillae. The best colours come just as they enter and exit dormancy.
Flowers: Produces a slender inflorescence up to 40 cm tall, with 15-25 flower, petals white with a brownish-green mid-vein and green throat. Only few flowers open together at the same time.
 

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It show wide variations of glossiness, colours and translucence, lineate patterns and papillae. The best colours come just as it enter and exit dormancy.
 

Haworthia magnifica var. spendens - standard form - west of Albertina
Standard form.


Clone CG337

 

Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of Haworthia magnifica.

Family: Asphodelaceae (Aloacee - Liliaceae)

Scientific name:   Haworthia magnifica var. splendens (G.G. Sm.) J.D. Venter & S.A. Hammer  
In: CSJA 70(4) 180-182. Ills. 1998

Synonyms:

  • Haworthia splendens (S.A. Hammer & D.J. Venter) M. Hayashi 2000

Origin:  South africa

Habitat: These plants grow flush with the soil, and their elaborated coloring actually serves to camouflage them under the canopy of the sparse bushes and beside protecting rocks.
Their transparent leaf tips and tops act as windows that let light into their interior so they can photosynthesize from inside, without having to expose more of the their mass to the potential threats of the great outdoors.

Etymology: The genus "Haworthia" is named after the British botanist Adrian Hardy Haworth (1767–1833)
The specific name "magnifica" derives
From the
Latin word Magnificus   meaning "magnificent, splendid, fine”
(The specific name implies: “magnificent”)

The varietal  name "splendens" derives from the Latin adjective “Splendens ” meaning “shining, splendid, magnificent, beautiful”

(
The varietal name implies: "shining, splendid"
).


Roots are fleshy and superficial (Needs shallow pots)

 

 

 


Haworthia magnifica var. splendens CG337
Cok Grootscholten (The Nederlands)

This clone has a beautiful tuberculate and splendid epidermis
 

Cultivation: H. magnifica is a very slow growing species, it needs regular water, but do not water again until dry.  Also, it is a species that is dormant in the winter and require very little water (maybe even none) during the cold months.
Frost Tolerance:  Light frost protection required. 
Minimum of 5ºC for safe growing (but hardy up to -5°C or less.)
Sun Exposure: Requires light shade to bright light (protect from strong
midday sun). In shade the body colour will remain mostly green, while full sun will darken and give it a reach pink-red body colour. Can be sunburned if moved from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. The amount of sunlight it can withstand without scorching depends upon the how hot it becomes in the summer in the locale in which it is planted. It will have more colour if it receives more light. During the spring it may be able to take full sun until the heat arrives at the end of spring. In an area that has hot afternoon sun, it may be able to take full morning sun, but requires afternoon shade or afternoon light shade.
Propagation
:
In contrast to most of the other Haworthia, these plants are reluctant or very slow to offset, and some never do, reproducing themselves only by seed.

 

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