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Named for J Croucher, Kew Gardener in 1869. (Bot. Mag. 1869, t.5812)
Desmond, Ray. (1977). Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists. Taylor and Francis, London.


Gasteria croucheri (Hook.f.) Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 18: 196 (1880).
World Checklist of Monocotyledons. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at

Aloe croucheri Hook. f. (basionym); Gasteria natalensis Baker.
Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) at

Family name change from Xanthorrhoeaceae
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

The name Gasteria originates from the Greek word gaster, meaning stomach: the flowers have the shape of a human stomach.
Oliver, IB. (1998). Grown Succulents, National Botanical Institute P.11

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, Southern Africa, Cape Provinces
  • Africa, Southern Africa, KwaZulu-Natal

Gasteria croucheri (Hook.f.) Baker

Genus: Gasteria
Species: croucheri (Hook.f.) Baker
Distribution summary: S.Africa (S.E.Cape Province to Kwa Zulu-Natal)
Habit: Succulent
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Habitat: Rocky slopes
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants in pots (POT), Arid zones (Q)
Flowering months: July, August
Reason for growing: Commemorative, medicinal

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