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Gasteria pillansii var pillansii 1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Gasteria
Gasteria brachyphylla (Salm-Dyck) Van Jaarsv.

Gasteria is a genus of succulent plants native to South Africa. Closely related genera include Aloe and Haworthia. The genus is named for its stomach-shaped flowers and is part of the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae.[1] Common names include cow-tongue cactus, lawyer's tongue, mother-in-law's tongue, ox-tongue.[2]


Gasteria species are grown in well-drained, sandy soils in light shade. Germination usually occurs within 8 days but may take as long as one month depending on the species.

Species and varieties[edit]

Gasteria pillansii, showing the stomach-shaped flowers
Gasteria batesiana

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Asphodeloideae 
  2. ^ Bailey, L.H.; Bailey, E.Z.; the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third: A concise dictionary of plants cultivated in the United States and Canada. Macmillan, New York.