Haworthia truncata, commonly known in Afrikaans as perdetande (horse’s teeth), is a stemless miniature leaf succulent with leaves usually arranged in a row, only occasionally in a rosette-like shape.
H. truncata var. truncata and H. truncata var. tenuis have their leaves in rows; H. truncata var. maughanii bears them in structures resembling rosettes. Underground branching sometimes yields clumps of these plants of up to 15 cm in diameter.
Being a winter grower in a winter rainfall region, the leaf tips may retract in the dry summer as they lose moisture and become covered by sand and dry upper leaf parts; to regrow for seeing some sun when the rainy season stimulates them.
The habitat is shady patches under Little Karoo shrubs in gravelly soil. The distribution is small, ranging from Calitzdorp to Dysselsdorp, maybe De Rust (Scott, 1985; Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010).