Aloe hazeliana Reynolds
var. howmanii (Reynolds) S. Carter

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Aloe hazeliana var. howmanii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small pass on ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aloe hazeliana var. howmanii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small pass on ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aloe hazeliana var. howmanii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small pass on ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aloe hazeliana var. howmanii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes Mt Nhamedimu, Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Aloe howmanii Reynolds
Common names: Howman's cliff aloe (English)
Frequency: Very locally frequent
Status: Native
See var. hazeliana for general details. This variety is distinguished by its very different growth habit. It is a pendent plant of shaded rock faces. The inflorescence is curving upwards with the raceme erect.
Notes: The two varieties are  known to cross readily. A few disjunct subpopulations known in the wild. Threatened by collectors.
Derivation of specific name: hazeliana: named after Hazel O. Munch (née Elske), 1912 - 2001, the wife of Raymond Charles Munch; howmannii: after Roger Howman, who was Native Commissioner at Ndanga and Zaka until 1939 and later at Chimanimani.
Habitat: Shaded rock faces
Altitude range: (metres) 1600 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Wednesday 14 September 2011

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 60 - 61.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5. As Aloe howmanii

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 76.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 161. As Aloe howmanii

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Pages 55 - 56. (Includes a picture).

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

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 47 - 48. as Aloe howmannii (Includes a picture).

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

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

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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 hazeliana var. howmanii., retrieved 7 December 2023

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