Aloe myriacantha (Haw.) Schult. & Schult. f.

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Aloe myriacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road, Nyanga, S of Claremont kiosk

Aloe myriacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road, Nyanga, S of Claremont kiosk

Aloe myriacantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road, Nyanga, S of Claremont kiosk

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Synonyms: Bowiea myriacantha Haw.
Common names: Grass aloe (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small succulent perennial herb, solitary and not suckering. Leaves in a basal rosette, up to 15, erect, grass-like, up to 40 cm long, linear, fleshy, bright green, purple-brown and densely white-spotted near the base; margins with numerous, small white teeth. Inflorescence capitate, many flowered. Flowers pendulous, two-lipped, pale green to dull purple-brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: myriacantha: with countless spines
Habitat: In sub-montane grassy slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: From DRC and Kenya to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007
Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 57.

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

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Page 5. (Includes a picture).

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 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).


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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 myriacantha.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114000, retrieved 11 December 2019

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