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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe (NW. Chimanimani Mountains).

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, suckering to produce a dense cluster of pendent stems, branching from the base and above, forming clumps to 2.5 m across.
    Stem
    Stems 20–100 cm long, c. 1 cm thick.
    Leaves
    Leaves distichous, pendent, crowded at the stem apex, 25–40 × 1–1.5 cm, linear, tapering to a bluntly acute apex, slightly channelled on the upper surface, fleshy, dark green, dark purplish in times of drought, dull white-spotted on both surfaces near the base, more densely so on the lower surface; margin with minute, white, cartilaginous teeth 1–2 mm apart, often absent toward the apex.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence simple, to 30–45 cm long, pendent and curving upward to bear the raceme erect; peduncle with several small, sterile, broadly ovate brownish bracts 2–4 cm apart on the upper half. Raceme 5–15 × 6 cm, conical-cylindric, ± laxly flowered; bracts 7–9 × 4–6 mm, ovate-acute, brown, papery; pedicels to 20 mm long.
    Perianth
    Perianth scarlet, green-tipped, 28–30 mm long, c. 6 mm in diameter across the ovary, cylindric, narrowing very slightly towards the mouth, rounded at the base; outer segments free to the base with tips slightly spreading.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma slightly exserted.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seeds not seen.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

    Aloe musapana Reynolds appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bullock [10092], Zimbabwe K000256536 isotype

    First published in J. S. African Bot. 30: 125 (1964)

    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.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Carter, S., Lavranos, J.J., Newton, L.E. & Walker, C.C. (2011). Aloes. The definitive guide: 1-720. Kew Publishing, 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/
    © 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