Astroloba foliolosa is a small, variable leaf-succulent of the central Karoo, growing inland in semi-arid parts of the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century.
Astrolobas are often found growing under much taller, spreading shrubs, nurse plants that afford them shade and shelter.
The erect stems of A. foliolosa, branching at the base, are densely covered in rigid columns of sessile, triangular leaves, tapering to sharp tips. The leaves are sometimes spirally arranged, the stem tips rosette shaped. Leaf surfaces are grey-green, cream or pinkish and smooth, glossy.
As all eight the Astroloba species, A. foliolosa has radially symmetrical flowers, distinguishing them from Haworthia flowers that are bilaterally symmetrical. Thick clusters of buds are just appearing on the flower stems that are emerging from among the leaves on this plant.
The plant was photographed near Beaufort West in May (Wikipedia; iSpot; www.redlist.sanbi.org).
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