Aloe aculeata Pole Evans

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Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By turn-off to Chiredzi near Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By turn-off to Chiredzi near Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chipote, Mahenye, Ndowoyo CL.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Red hot poker aloe (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust, stemless succulent perennial, solitary or in small groups, non-suckering. Leaves in a dense rosette, often erect and somewhat incurved, up to 60 cm long, grey-green when fresh, purple-bronze under dry conditions, with scattered prickles on whitish tubercles, mainly on the undersurface of the leaves. Inflorescence erect, up to 1.25 m, simple or 1-3-branched in older specimens. Flowers in densely flowered tall, cylindric racemes, bright red to greenish-yellow.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aculeata: prickly
Habitat: In grassland or deciduous woodland, usually on bare soil or among rocks where it is protected from fires.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1500 m
Flowering time:May - Jun
Worldwide distribution: South Africa and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007
Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 84 - 85.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 115.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 85 - 86. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe aculeata.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113700, retrieved 31 August 2016

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