Aloe greatheadii Schönland
var. greatheadii

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Aloe greatheadii var. greatheadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Service station along Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe road.

Aloe greatheadii var. greatheadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Service station along Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe road.

Aloe greatheadii var. greatheadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Service station along Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe road.

Aloe greatheadii var. greatheadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Service station along Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe road.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Greathead's spotted leaf aloe (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Single stemless plants, which do not sucker. The dark leaves are clearly spotted with elongated markings. One to three much branched inflorescences per plant may grow up to 1.7 m. Each raceme carries 30 to 40 flowers, the colour varying from pale pink to orange-red.
Notes: The flowerbuds are regarded as a delicacy but, when prepared wrongly they may cause vomiting. The sap from aloe leaves is said to be a cure for conjunctivitis. A porridge made of chopped and boiled young leaves is used as a cure for venereal disease.
Derivation of specific name: greatheadii: after Dr J.B. Greathead who collected the type specimen with Dr S. Schönland.
Habitat: In wooded grassland and open woodland, it is both frost and fire tolerant.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Jun - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 8 August 2016
Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 71 - 73. As Aloe greatheadii (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Aloe greatheadii davyana

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Pages 3 - 4.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 107.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 115.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 54 - 56. (Includes a picture).


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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 greatheadii var. greatheadii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=113900, retrieved 21 September 2017

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