1. Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Aloe L.
      1. Aloe ghibensis Sebsebe & Friis

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia.

    [KBu]

    Demissew, S., Friis, I., Awas, T. et al. Kew Bull (2011) 66: 111. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-011-9263-2

    Type
    Typus: Ethiopia, Cultivated in Addis Ababa, 8°9'N, 38°47'E, 2350 m, fl. 8 April 2009; original plant collected from KF, Ghibe Gorge, 160 km from Jima towards Addis Ababa; 8°10.659'N, 37°34.495'E; 1605 m; fl. bud 10 Feb. 2009, Sebsebe D., I. Friis & Nigist A. 6764 (holotypusETH!;isotypus K!).
    Habit
    Caulescent with scandent stems to 1 m long and 5 – 7 cm wide; rosette leaves rosulate, 35 – 50 × 7 – 10 cm; leaf surface dull green with smooth surface; marginal teeth 3 mm long, white with brown tips, 7 – 10 mm apart or 6 – 8 per 10 cm length; exudate drying yellow
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 45 – 55 cm long, 7 or 8 branched; raceme cylindrical, 10 – 22 cm long, lax, with 1 or 2 flowers per cm length
    Flowers
    Flowers subsecund on the raceme
    Bracts
    Bracts ovate-acuminate at the apex, 3 – 4 × c. 2.5 mm
    Pedicel
    Pedicel 5 – 6 mm long (elongating to 10 mm in fruit)
    Perianth
    Perianth scarlet, (yellow-flowered according to Ash 1757) 28 – 30 mm long, base truncate, c. 6 mm in diam.; outer tepals free for a length of 6 – 8 mm
    Fruits
    Young capsules 17 – 20 × c. 7 mm.
    Distribution
    Known from the Ghibe Gorge in Kefa floristic region, Oromia Regional State. Map 1.
    Ecology
    In Combretum-Terminalia woodland on edge of cliffs on volcanic outcrops. Associated plants include Combretum collinum, Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha and Ficussycomorus; 1365 – 1700 m.
    Conservation
    Critically Endangered (CR), based on EOO (8.5 km2); Endangered (EN), based on AOO (12 km2 based on 2 × 2 grid cell). Suitable habitats are not likely to occur outside the relatively narrow gorge.
    Phenology
    Flowering November; March – April.
    Note
    The species resembles Aloe schelpei Reynolds from part of the Blue Nile River system, in a gorge near Debre Libanos, north of Addis Ababa on the way to Gojam in N. Shewa in Oromia Regional State due to its scandent stems. However, it differs from A. schelpei by the inflorescence possessing 7 or 8 racemes (not single, 2 or 3 racemes); flowers secund (not with flowers arranged to all sides), lax with 1 or 2 flowers per cm length (not denser with 6 – 8 flowers per cm length); bracts 3 – 4 mm long (not 6 – 8 mm long) and flower pedicel 5 – 6 mm long (not 10 – 17 mm long). The species epithet of Aloe ghibensis refers to the “Ghibe Gorge” from where the type specimen was collected and the only known locality of the species.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia

    Aloe ghibensis Sebsebe & Friis appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ash, J. [1757], Ethiopia K000204820
    Ash, J. [1757], Ethiopia K000204819

    First published in Kew Bull. 66: 113 (2011)

    Sources

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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 Bulletin
    Kew Bulletin
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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