Aloe inyangensis Christian
var. kimberleyana S. Carter

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Aloe inyangensis var. kimberleyana

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Castle Beacon, Vumba

Aloe inyangensis var. kimberleyana

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Aloe inyangensis var. kimberleyana

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

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Common names: Kimberley's rock aloe (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Succulent herb. Stems spreading to pendent, up to 1 m long. leaves crowded towards the apices of the stems, 2-ranked, pendent, up to 40 cm long. Inflorescence with peduncle curved upwards. Raceme erect, laxly flowered, 6-10 cm long, cylindric; bracts up to 25 × 10 mm, broadly ovate, orange-brown. Flowers 30-37 mm long, 3-sided-cylindric, narrowing towards the mouth, bright red, green-tipped.
Notes: A more robust plant than var. inyangensis, with pendent stems. It is only known from Mtarazi Falls, Mt. Gorongo in the Stapleford Forest Reserve and Castle Beacon in the Vumba Mountains.
Derivation of specific name: inyangensis: of Mt Nyangani (where this variety does not occur); kimberleyana: named after Mike Kimberley, chairman of the Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society of Zimbabwe, who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: On cliff faces, shaded from the sun and often near waterfalls or among high altitude evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1220 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

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.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 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.

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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 inyangensis var. kimberleyana., retrieved 21 February 2024

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