1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe rupestris Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mozambique to KwaZulu-Natal.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Small tree, up to 8 m high.
    Stem
    Stem simple, with withered leaf remains clothing the upper part, naked on the lower part.
    Leaves
    Leaves in a compact rosette at the stem apex, spreading becoming recurved; lamina up to c. 70 cm long, 7–10 cm wide at the base, lanceolate-attenuate, deeply channelled, dull dark green, without spots; margin reddish, with pungent deltoid reddish-brown teeth 3–5 mm long and 10–15 mm apart.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 1–2, erect to 1.25 m tall above the leaf rosette; peduncle stout, 6–9-branched, the lower branches rebranched; branches spreading upwards, subtended by brown scarious deltoid bracts 5 × 10 mm, with scattered sterile bracts below the racemes. Racemes erect, up to 25 × 7 cm, cylindric, very densely flowered; bracts 2 × 4 mm, rounded, scarious, buff-coloured, reflexed; pedicels c. 1 mm long.
    Perianth
    Perianth orange-yellow opening to lemon-yellow, 18–20 mm long, c. 4 mm in diameter across the ovary, widening to c. 7 mm at the middle and narrowing slightly toward the mouth, cylindrical-ellipsoid; outer segments free for c. three-quarters, with tips slightly spreading.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma exserted c. 15 mm; stamens with filaments reddish-orange, anthers orange, stigma orange.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seeds not seen.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Swaziland

    Aloe rupestris Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    MacOwan [1556], South Africa K000256744 Unknown type material
    Barkly [s.n.], South Africa K000256742 Unknown type material
    Barkly [s.n.], South Africa K000256743 Unknown type material

    First published in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 6: 327 (1896)

    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.

    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/
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