Aloe inyangensis Christian
var. inyangensis

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Aloe inyangensis var. inyangensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani

Aloe inyangensis var. inyangensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani

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Common names: Nyanga rock aloe (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Perennial succulent herb, suckering to form dense clusters of short, erect or spreading stems. Leaves spreading to erect, 15-35 cm long, fleshy, linear, slightly channelled, above, expanded at the base clasping the stems, dark dull green, often purplish-tinged when dry, densely pale-spotted on both surfaces near the base, margin with small teeth, 1-2 mm apart. Inflorescence simple, erect raceme, 6-10 cm long, more or less laxly flowered; bracts broadly ovate, 18-25 mm long, rounded at the apex, orange-brown; pedicels 25-30 mm long, elongating in fruit. Flowers bright orange-red, green-tipped, 30-37 mm long, narrowing to towards the mouth; stamens and style scarcely exserted.
Notes: A more robust form is known as Aloe inyangensis var. kimberleyana from Mtarazi Falls, Stapleford and the Vumba.
Derivation of specific name: inyangensis: of the Inyanga (Nyanga) area of the Eastern Highlands
Habitat: Typically a small plant of shallow soil in rock crevices and on cliffs, where it is protected from fire.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2450 m
Flowering time:Throughout the year
Worldwide distribution: So far only recorded from the Nyanga Mountains but may also occur in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Friday 30 September 2005

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 62.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Pages 56 - 57. (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 44 - 46. (Includes a picture).

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

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 inyangensis var. inyangensis., retrieved 8 December 2023

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