Aloe swynnertonii Rendle

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Aloe swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
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
Growth form(s):
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.

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.

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, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe swynnertonii., retrieved 8 December 2023

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