Aloe cryptopoda Baker

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Aloe cryptopoda

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

Aloe cryptopoda

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

Aloe cryptopoda

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa

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Common names: Dr Kirk's aloe (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Stemless succulent perennial herb, solitary or suckering to form small groups. Leaves in a dense rosette, often erect and curved inwards, 60-90 cm long, greyish-green, purple-tinged in dry conditions, without spots containing a yellow sap. Inflorescences 1-3, erect, 1-1-75 m high, up to 4-branched. Racemes densely many-flowered, 20-45 cm long. Flowers tubular, 28-35 mm long, bright orange-red, greenish to yellow-tipped.
Derivation of specific name: cryptopoda: with a "hidden foot", referring to the large bracts, obscuring the pedicels
Habitat: On bare rocky slopes, often on steep edges, protected from fire.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1525 m
Flowering time:May - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and possibly southern Tanzania
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 February 2010

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 94 - 96. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Page 19. (Includes a picture).

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 14.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 31. (Includes a picture).

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 72 - 74. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Flora of Botswana: Aloe cryptopoda
Flora of Malawi: Aloe cryptopoda
Flora of Mozambique: Aloe cryptopoda
Flora of Zambia: Aloe cryptopoda
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Aloe cryptopoda

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe cryptopoda., retrieved 24 May 2024

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