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Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri is endemic to the Little Karoo in the areas of Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp and Ladismith. The plants are happiest on the cooler southern slopes of hillsides and are often well protected from the sun under bushes.

Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri is a smallish species and the diameter normally does not exceed 15 cm. The short distichous obtuse leaves often remain quite horizontal while others grow more upright.

The flowers consist of a raceme and the colour of the perianth is orange-red and whitish green towards the tip.

Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri is quite easy in cultivation and needs good drainage for optimal growth.

There are a number of instances where this variety occurs with the larger typical variety in nature. In between forms from possible hybridization exist making there identification sometimes a bit difficult.

Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri in habitat. An attractive form with many white markings and upright leaves.

Gasteria brachyphylla var. bayeri flower.