Aloe tauri L.C. Leach

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Aloe tauri

Photo: Ian Cannell
Matibi CL

Aloe tauri

Photo: Ian Cannell
Matibi CL

Aloe tauri

Photo: Rebecca Fowlds
Harare

Aloe tauri

Photo: Rebecca Fowlds
Harare

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Synonyms:
Common names: Bullock's bottle brush aloe (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Plant acaulescent or with a decumbent stem, 1-2 m long, the stem suckering to form large groups of plants; stems and branches bearing withered leaf remains. Leaves in a dense rosette, becoming recurved, dark green, becoming coppery-red in dry conditions. Inflorescence erect to 1 m long with raceme 15-30 cm long; scattered sterile bracts below the raceme. Flowers sessile. Perianth to 18 mm long, bright yellow, with a central darker stripe. Nectar clear.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tauri: from Latin, taurus, a bull; referring to E.J. Bullock of Bulawayo who discovered the species.
Habitat: On steep bare rocky slopes
Altitude range: (metres) 1065 - 1220 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Mwenezi and Mberengwa districts in southern Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 February 2016
Literature:

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 93.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 127.

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 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe tauri
African Plant Database: Aloe tauri
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Aloe tauri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aloe tauri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aloe tauri
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aloe tauri
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe tauri
Ispot Southern Africa: Aloe tauri
JSTOR Plant Science: Aloe tauri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aloe tauri
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aloe tauri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe tauri
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aloe tauri
Tropicos: Aloe tauri


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 tauri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=114080, retrieved 24 November 2017

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