Aloe rhodesiana Rendle

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Aloe rhodesiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road before Bunga Forest, Vumba

Aloe rhodesiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road before Bunga Forest, Vumba

Aloe rhodesiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aloe eylesii Christian
Common names: Zimbabwe grass aloe (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, solitary, or suckering to produce a cluster of up to 4 stems. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, erect, fleshy but grass-like, linear, 30–50 cm long, dull green, with a few whitish spots toward the base of the under surface; margin with firm white teeth near the base. Inflorescences 1–3 from each rosette, simple, erect up to c. 50 cm high, rarely taller when protected from fire. Raceme cylindric, 15–20 cm long and 8 cm, more or less laxly flowered; pedicels c. 3 cm long, elongating to 5 cm in fruit. Perianth salmon-pink, greenish-tipped, c. 35 mm long and 6 mm in diameter across the ovary; outer segments free to the base with tips slightly spreading. This species often flowers early after fire, when the leaves and stem are burnt.
Notes: It is listed as Vulnerable, due to habitat destruction for commercial forestry or degradation from invasive species (pine, gum and wattle trees).
Derivation of specific name: rhodesiana: of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe, or sometimes Zambia)
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique and Mt Gorongosa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 62 - 64.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 5.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 121. As Aloe rhodesiaca

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 58 - 59. (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 43 - 44. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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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 rhodesiana., retrieved 26 May 2024

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