Aloe cameronii Hemsl.
var. bondana Reynolds

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Aloe cameronii var. bondana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Aloe cameronii var. bondana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

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Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Var bondana is distinguished by more elongated inflorescences and more clavate perianths, with the anthers and style exserted 10 mm, while var. cameronii has the anthers and style only exserted up to 5mm.
Notes: This variety is supposed to be restricted to the Nyanga area. The type specimen is from the area near Bonda Mission. Specimens consistent with the characteristics of var. bondana have been found in Vumba (see photos).
Derivation of specific name: cameronii: after Kenneth J. Cameron, Scottish planter in Malawi for the African Lakes Corporation; bondana: after Bonda Mission in Eastern Zimbabwe.
Habitat: Bare granite outcrops in cracks and hollows, among boulders and in exposed situations with grass tussocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 1585 - 2200 m
Flowering time:May - July
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Nyanga (and possibly Vumba) areas of the Eastern Highlands
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Friday 30 September 2005

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 89 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 125.

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.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 97 - 99. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe cameronii
African Plant Database: Aloe cameronii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aloe cameronii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aloe cameronii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aloe cameronii
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iNaturalist: Aloe cameronii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe cameronii
JSTOR Plant Science: Aloe cameronii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe cameronii
Plants of the World Online: Aloe cameronii
Tropicos: Aloe cameronii
Wikipedia: Aloe cameronii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe cameronii var. bondana., retrieved 5 December 2023

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