Species Gasteria nitida
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Etymology of Gasteria:
Gk. gaster = abdomen, belly. The plant is named for its stomach-shaped flowers with swollen stems or the swollen base of the perianth tube (WPU Jackson) or the spikelets (Davesgarden.com).
Etymology of nitida:
From the Latin nitidus = 'shining' or 'bright'
Gasteria nitida (Salm-Dyck) Haw.
Acaulescent succulent to 1 m. Leaves in a spiral or distichous rosette, smooth, triangular, margins and keels smooth. Flowers in an inclined, simple or branched raceme, nodding, reddish, inflated below. Dec.--Feb. Grassy fynbos and renosterveld, often on sandstone soils, SE (Uniondale to Great Fish River Mouth).