1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe bulbicaulis Christian

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, solitary, acaulescent; roots thick fleshy.
    Leaves
    Leaves rosulate, spreading, the expanded bases forming a bulb-like swelling c. 10 cm in diameter below ground-level; lamina up to 50 × 15 cm, ovate-lanceolate, slightly fleshy, bright green, longitudinally striate; margin cartilaginous, 1–2 mm wide, with whitish densely crowded teeth 1 mm long and 1–5 mm apart.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence erect to 60 cm high; peduncle with 3–4(7) obliquely spreading branches, and with a few sterile, ovate bracts below the racemes. Racemes 10–20 × 8 cm, cylindric, ± laxly flowered; bracts 8–15 × 5–8 mm, ovate-acuminate, distinctly many-nerved, pale green; pedicels c. 2 cm long, elongating to 3 cm in fruit and thickening conspicuously.
    Perianth
    Perianth pale yellow to pinkish or brownish-yellow (olive-buff in original description) with darker nerves, 35–40 mm long, 8–10 mm in diameter across the ovary, slightly constricted above the ovary then widening towards the mouth, base rounded, cylindric; outer segments free for one-third with tips very slightly spreading.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma scarcely exserted.
    Fruits
    Capsule stipitate for 2–4 mm, c. 3.5 × 2.5 cm, ovoid, brown.
    Seeds
    Seeds 7 × 12 mm, greyish-brown, very broadly winged.
    [FTEA]

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

    Distribution
    Flora districts: T7 Flora districts: Known only from this collection; SE. Zaire, Zambia, N. Malawi and W. Angola

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Aloe bulbicaulis Christian appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1994 Herinques, C. [575], Angola K000524508
    Mar 26, 1992 Milne-Redhead, E. [2903A], Zambia K000210231
    Mar 26, 1992 Milne-Redhead, E. [2903A], Zambia K000210232
    Mar 26, 1992 Milne-Redhead, E. [2903A], Zambia K000210233
    Mar 26, 1992 Reynolds, G.W. [7227], Zaïre K000210238
    Mar 26, 1992 Schmitz, A. [5014], Zaïre K000210236
    Mar 26, 1992 Schmitz, A. [4600], Zaïre K000210237
    Mar 26, 1992 Paterson, A. [482], Zaïre K000210235
    Mar 26, 1992 D.B.F. [F1279], Zambia K000210230
    Mar 26, 1992 D.B.F. [F1780], Zambia K000210229
    Mar 26, 1992 Rangeley, W.H.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000210228
    Apr 19, 1989 Brummitt, R.K. [13688], Tanzania K000210234
    Milne-Redhead, E. [2903A], Zambia 4355.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [2644A], Zambia 5415.000

    First published in Fl. Pl. South Africa 16: 630 (1936)

    Accepted by

    • Geerinck, D.J.L. (2015). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaïre - Rwanda - Burundi), n.s., Asphodelaceae: 1-43. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise.
    • Carter, S., Lavranos, J.J., Newton, L.E. & Walker, C.C. (2011). Aloes. The definitive guide: 1-720. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Klopper, R.R., Matos, S. Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2009). Aloe in Angola (Asphodelaceae: Alooideae) Bothalia 39: 19-35.
    • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Carter, S. (1994). Aloaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-60.

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Aloe buettneri.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Klopper, R.R., Matos, S. Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2009). Aloe in Angola (Asphodelaceae: Alooideae) Bothalia 39: 19-35.
    • Carter, S. (1994). Aloaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa: 1-60.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Reynolds, Aloes Trop. Afr. & Madag.: 528 (1966).
    • Reynolds, Aloes of Nyasaland: 12 (1954).
    • Fl. Pl. S. Afr. 16, t. 630 (1936);
    • E.J. 38: 86 (1907);

    Sources

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