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According to the inventory of plants in 1738 in the greenhouse farm of the imperial gardens, compiled by the chief gardener of all the imperial gardens, Konrad Schrader, 10 pots of the plant “Aloe African yeryan nodeo humilis” were grown in a large stone greenhouse. This is a distorted Russian transcription from the Latin name: “Aloe africana arachnoidea humilis” (scarlet African cobweb low).
Currently, this plant is called Haworthia arachnoidea (L.) Duval – Haworthia cobweb.
But this plant did not immediately receive its modern name. The habitat of the Haworthia species is southwestern and southern Africa. Therefore, when specimens of this plant were brought to Europe, it was named “Aloe africana arachnoidea humilis”. In 1753, Karl Linnaeus, according to his system, calls this plant Aloe pumila var. arachnoidea L. In 1768, the Dutch botanist Nicholas Burman calls Haworthia Aloe arachnoidea (L.) Burm.f.
Only in 1809, the French botanist Henri Duval singled out this plant in a separate genus and named it Haworthia arachnoidea (L.) Duval. The genus Haworthia is named after the English botanist Adrian Haworth.
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