1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe bicomitum L.C.Leach

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to NE. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, solitary or suckering to form small groups of plants, acaulescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves in a compact rosette, erect and curving slightly inwards; lamina to c. 50 cm long, c. 9 cm wide at the base, lanceolate-attenuate, dull yellowish-green, reddening in dry conditions, densely covered on both surfaces with small, pale spots; margin with pungent deltoid, minutely brown-tipped teeth to 3 mm long and 5–10 mm apart.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–1.2 m high, erect; peduncle 6–10-branched or more; branches obliquely spreading, subtended by ovate scarious bracts c. 15 × 12 mm. Racemes 10–25 × 6 cm, cylindric, ± densely flowered, minutely pubescent on the perianths, bracts, pedicels and rhachis; bracts c. 13 × 10 mm, broadly ovate, papery, many-nerved, enveloping the buds; pedicels 13–20 mm long.
    Perianth
    Perianth coral-pink, paler towards the mouth, 25–32 mm long, c. 7 mm in diameter across the ovary, cylindric-trigonous; outer segments free to nearly halfway, with slightly recurved tips.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma exserted c. 4 mm.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 17 × 10 mm, ovoid, dark yellowish-brown.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 3 × 7 mm, black with whitish wings.
    [FTEA]

    Aloaceae, Susan Carter. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

    Distribution
    Flora districts: T4 Range: Zambia, southern end of Lake Tanganyika

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia

    Aloe bicomitum L.C.Leach appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 7, 1993 Reynolds, G.W. [8948], Tanzania K000256459 isotype
    Jul 7, 1993 Reynolds, G.W. [8948], Tanzania K000256460 isotype

    First published in Kirkia 10: 385 (1977)

    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.
    • 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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Kirkia 10: 385 (1977).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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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