Aloe ballii Reynolds
var. makurupiniensis Ellert

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Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along trail on eastern slope of Mt Magorogodo, Zomba, Chimanimani Conservation Area

Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along trail on eastern slope of Mt Magorogodo, Zomba, Chimanimani Conservation Area

Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along trail on eastern slope of Mt Magorogodo, Zomba, Chimanimani Conservation Area

Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along trail on eastern slope of Mt Magorogodo, Zomba, Chimanimani Conservation Area

Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along trail on eastern slope of Mt Magorogodo, Zomba, Chimanimani Conservation Area

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Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Succulent perennial herb, suckering to forms small dense clusters. Stems clustered, erect, up to 3 cm high. Leaves weakly erect, grass-like, linear, up to 50 cm long, light green with whitish lines and spots, most densely on the lower surface near the base; margin with minute teeth 2-5 mm apart in the lower half. Inflorescence unbranched, up to 75 cm long, erect, with raceme 12-18 cm long, laxly flowered. Bracts c. 3 × 2 mm, ovate-acute, whitish, papery. Pedicels slender, 10-20 mm long. Flowers orange-scarlet, 12-16 mm long and c. 4 mm wide, cylindric, opening slightly towards the mouth. Capsule ovoid, up to c. 18 × 9 mm.
Notes: - The plants are threatened by fires in dry years and is therefore listed as Vulnerable.
- This variety is slightly more widespread than var. ballii and occurs at somewhat higher altitudes. It is easily distinguished by the erect habit and larger fruits.
Derivation of specific name: ballii: named after J.S. Ball, who collected the type specimen; makurupiniensis: of the Makurupini River in the southern Chimanimani Mts
Habitat: In open woodland among grasses on quartzite rock.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 900 m
Flowering time:Most of year
Worldwide distribution: Lower slopes at the southern end of the Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 27 May 2012
Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 57 - 58.

Carter, S., Lavranos, J.J., Newton, L.E. & Walker, C.C. (2011). Aloes, The Definitive Guide Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 978 1 84246439 7 Page 131. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 14. SABONET. Pretoria. Page 161.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 54.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 125.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 84.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Aloe ballii var. makurupiniensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113780, retrieved 20 November 2017

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