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)
Status: Native
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.
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

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

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aloe myriacantha
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aloe myriacantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe myriacantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aloe myriacantha
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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., retrieved 21 April 2019

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