1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe komatiensis Reynolds

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Mpumalanga to S. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, solitary or suckering to form small groups of plants, acaulescent or with a short thick stem to 20 cm long.
    Leaves
    Leaves spreading-erect, rosulate; lamina 30–45 cm long, 5–10 cm wide toward the base, lanceolate-attenuate, fleshy, light green, obscurely lineate on both surfaces, with faint whitish spots on the upper surface, usually without spots on the lower surface; margin with pungent, deltoid, pale brown-tipped teeth 2–4 mm long, 10–15 mm apart; sap pale purplish.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence erect, 1.2–2 m high; peduncle stout, with up to 8-branches, the lower branches rebranching; branches ascending, subtended by lanceolate, often leafy bracts to 5 cm long. Racemes 20–40 × 7 cm, cylindric, ± laxly flowered; bracts 8–15 × 3 mm, lanceolate-acuminate; pedicels 5–8 mm long, distinctly shorter than the bracts.
    Perianth
    Perianth pale brick-red, 27–30 mm long, c. 8 mm in diameter across the ovary, constricted just above then widening and becoming slightly decurved, cylindric-trigonous; outer segments free for less than one-third, with pale margins above, and with spreading tips.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma slightly exserted.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 33 × 14 mm, oblong-ovoid, yellowish-grey.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 3.5 × 7.5 mm, black with grey, sparsely spotted wings.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Northern Provinces

    Aloe komatiensis Reynolds appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J. S. African Bot. 2: 120 (1936)

    Accepted by

    • Smith, G.F., Figueiredo, E., Klopper, R.R. & Crouch, N.R. (2012). Summer-flowering species of Aloe L. (Asphodelaceae: Alooideae) in the Aloe zebrina-complex from South Africa Bradleya. Yearbook of the British Cactus and Succulent Society 30: 155-166.
    • Pope, G.V. (ed.) (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 12(3): 1-106. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Not accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. [Cited as Aloe zebrina.]
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Aloe parvibracteata.]

    Literature

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

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0