1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe aculeata Pole-Evans

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Zimbabwe to Limpopo.

    [FZ]

    Aloaceae, S. Kativu. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

    Habit
    Perennial herb, solitary, acaulescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves in a dense rosette, erect and often slightly incurved; lamina 30–60 cm long, 9–14 cm wide toward the base, ovate-lanceolate, greyish-green, bronzed in dry conditions, with scattered reddish-brown prickles from a pale circular base on the lower surface and usually near the apex of the upper surface, otherwise unmarked; margin with pungent, reddish-brown deltoid teeth 3–4 mm long and 10–15 mm apart.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence erect to 1.25 m high; peduncle simple or 1–3-branched; branches erect, subtended by deltoid scarious bracts c. 12 × 12 mm, with scattered sterile bracts below the racemes. Racemes 20–50 × 7 cm, cylindric, very densely flowered; bracts 10–15 × 5–6 mm, ovate, scarious, brownish, strongly deflexed; pedicels c. 2 mm long.
    Perianth
    Perianth bright red in bud rapidly turning orange to greenish-yellow on opening, 28–35 mm long, c. 7 mm in diameter across the ovary, widening to c. 10 mm at the middle and narrowing slightly toward the mouth, cylindric; outer segments free for two-thirds with tips slightly spreading.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma exserted c. 15 mm; stamens with purple-tinged orange filaments and reddish-orange anthers; stigma pale orange.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seeds not seen.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Aloe aculeata Pole-Evans appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Pole-Evans, I.B. [55], South Africa K000256696 Unknown type material

    First published in Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 5: 34 (1915)

    Accepted by

    • Carter, S., Lavranos, J.J., Newton, L.E. & Walker, C.C. (2011). Aloes. The definitive guide: 1-720. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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