Aloe plowesii Reynolds

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Aloe plowesii

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Plowes' grass aloe (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Small perennial, solitary or suckering to form clusters of 2-3 very short stems. Leaves rosulate, grass-like, linear, 20-30 cm, rather fleshy, dull green, white-spotted in the lower half; margin with minute white teeth. Inflorescence simple, erect, up to 30-45 cm tall. Raceme laxly flowered, cylindric to subcapitate, 5-10 cm long; bracts papery, ovate-acuminate, up to 10 × 5 mm. Flowers 30-35 mm long, cylindric, orange-scarlet, green-tipped.
Notes: This species is very similar to Aloe wildii and occurs in the same area and habitat. The main differences are the rosulate leaves, slightly larger floral bracts and a slightly more compact inflorescence. There is some debate on the taxonomy of this plant. It may be a form of A. wildii or a natural hybrid with A. wildii as one of the parents.
Derivation of specific name: plowesii: named after Darrel Plowes (1925 -)from Zimbabwe, avid naturalist, plant collector and expert on orchids and stapeliads.
Habitat: Montane grassland among rocks and boulders, where it is subjected to seasonal burning.
Altitude range: (metres) 1370 - 1770 m
Flowering time:Jul - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 60.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 58. (Includes a picture).

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.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 41 - 42. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 135.


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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 plowesii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114020, retrieved 21 November 2017

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