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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Zimbabwe.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, solitary, acaulescent or with a usually decumbent stem to 30 cm long.
    Stem
    Stem suckering and branching above the base to form large groups of plants; stem and branches covered with withered leaf remains.
    Leaves
    Leaves in a dense rosette, spreading, becoming recurved; lamina 30–60 cm long, 6–8 cm wide at the base, lanceolate-attenuate, deeply channelled, uniformly dark green or flushed entirely coppery-red in dry conditions; margin reddish, cartilaginous, reddish with deltoid minutely brown-tipped teeth 1–2 mm long and 6–12 mm apart.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1 or occasionally 2, erect to 1 m high; peduncle simple or rarely 1-branched, with scattered sterile bracts below the raceme. Raceme 15–30 × c. 5 cm, cylindric, very densely flowered; bracts c. 12 × 7 mm, ovate-acuminate, scarious, pale brown; flowers ± sessile.
    Perianth
    Perianth bright yellow, each segment striped centrally with darker nerves, to 18 mm long, c. 10 mm in diameter at the mouth, campanulate, with much clear nectar; outer segments free to the base.
    Reproductive morphology
    Stamens and stigma exserted c. 10 mm; stamens with orange-yellow filaments and anthers bright orange, stigma yellow.
    Fruits
    Capsule to 15 × 7.5 mm, ovoid, brown.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 2.5 × 4 mm, blackish-brown with very narrow whitish wings.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zimbabwe

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 12, 1995 Leach, L.C. [13321], Zimbabwe K000256587 isotype

    First published in J. S. African Bot. 34: 363 (1968)

    Accepted by

    • 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.

    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 spicata.]

    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