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.

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Aloe aculeata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

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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: Friday 13 July 2018
Literature:

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

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 84.

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe aculeata
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aloe aculeata
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JSTOR Plant Science: Aloe aculeata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aloe aculeata
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aloe aculeata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe aculeata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aloe aculeata
Tropicos: Aloe aculeata


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe aculeata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113700, retrieved 18 August 2018

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