Aloe swynnertonii Rendle

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Aloe swynnertonii

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Vumba rd, nr Gateway Gardens

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Synonyms: Aloe chimanimaniensis Christian
Aloe melsetterensis Christian
Common names: Swynnerton's aloe (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing solitary or suckering to form small groups. The leaves are bright green with numerous pale spots. The inflorescence is a branched panicle with rounded racemes of pendulous orange-red flowers.
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: In montane grassland often in the shelter of bushes.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Friday 30 September 2005

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 74 - 75.

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

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 127.

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 53 - 54. (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, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe swynnertonii., retrieved 27 October 2021

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