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.

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
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Aloe inyangensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aloe inyangensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aloe inyangensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aloe inyangensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aloe inyangensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aloe inyangensis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Aloe inyangensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe inyangensis
Ispot Southern Africa: Aloe inyangensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Aloe inyangensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aloe inyangensis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aloe inyangensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe inyangensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aloe inyangensis
Tropicos: Aloe inyangensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe inyangensis var. inyangensis., retrieved 21 April 2019

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