Closely related to the genus Haworthia, this genus was formerly known as Apicra. It includes about 12 species, and is a native of Cape Province. The plants are small and decorative, especially suitable for growing in the window-sill collection. They form leafy rosettes,-like and elongated. They require a consisting of 1 part loam, 1 part sharp sand, and 3 parts -mould, the whole being well pressed around the . The growing season is from March to October, when they should receive water frequently.
Astroloba aspera. A small-growing species, with shortwhich are thick and covered on the outer and lower side with fine grey warts.
Astroloba pentagona. A very handsome species. The thick, fleshy greenare rigid, and pointed in shape. They are spirally arranged in five rows, one above the other around the , which is entirely hidden by them.