Aloe munchii Christian

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Aloe munchii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Path to Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe side

Aloe munchii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Path to Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe side

Aloe munchii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern rocky edge of plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Aloe munchii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern rocky edge of plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Aloe munchii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern rocky edge of plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Aloe munchii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern rocky edge of plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Aloe munchii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern rocky edge of plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Munch's great chimanimani aloe (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Large succulent shrub-like plant, single-stemmed or branching near the base, 2-5 m tall. Leaves in a dense rosette at the apices of the branches, up to c. 50 cm long, greyish-green,without spots but often tinged pinkish-red, particularly along the toothed margins. Inflorescences 1-2 from each rosette, erect, branched, up to 60 cm tall, each branch terminating in a dense subcapitate head, 10-14 cm long. Flowers bright orange-red, 35-45 mm long.
Notes: The taxonomic status is not sufficiently known. It has been suggested that it may be an adapted form of Aloe excelsa although the flowering habit looks very different.
Derivation of specific name: munchii: after Raymond Charles Munch (1901 - 1985), Zimbabwean farmer and plant collector with a particular interest in aloes and cycads.
Habitat: In quartzite grasslands on mountain slopes, growing among large boulders where it is somewhat protected from fires.
Altitude range: (metres) 1525 - 2135 m
Flowering time:July
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 August 2014
Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 21.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 232.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 126.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 135.


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West African Plants database: Aloe munchii


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 munchii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113980, retrieved 31 May 2016

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