Aloe wildii (Reynolds) Reynolds

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Aloe wildii

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Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Aloe torrei I. Verd. & Christian var. wildii Reynolds
Common names: Wild's small chimanimani aloe (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small perennial, solitary or suckering to form small clusters of stems. Leaves 2-ranked, grass-like, linear, 15-35 cm, rather fleshy, usually brownish-green, white-spotted in the lower half; margin with minute white teeth. Inflorescence simple, erect, up to c. 50 cm tall. Raceme laxly flowered, conical-cylindric, 5-7 cm long; bracts papery, ovate-acuminate, up to 8 × 4 mm. Flowers 30-35 mm long, cylindric, somewhat narrowed towards the mouth, orange-scarlet, green-tipped
Notes: Threatened by grazing cattle.
See A. plowesii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: wildii : after Professor Hiram Wild (1917-1982), former Head of the National Herbarium (SRGH), taxonomist and avid collector.
Habitat: Montane grassland among rocks and boulders, where it is subjected to seasonal burning.
Altitude range: (metres) 1325 - 2135 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 9 October 2011

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

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 77.

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 Page 59. (Includes a picture).

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.

Reynolds, G.W. (1964). A new name for a S. Rhodesian Aloe Kirkia 4 Pages 13 - 14.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 42 - 43. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 135.

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 wildii., retrieved 24 June 2024

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