Aloe africana

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Aloe africana Mill.

Aloaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: not specified
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

28B / ff7117 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Asparagales
Subordo:
Aloineae

Aloe africana is a tree.

Naming

Aloe africana was described by Philip Miller in 1768. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aloe africana is a species in the genus Aloe which contains approximately 535 to 609 species and belongs to the family of the Aloaceae (Aloe Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees reach heights of 1,2 to 3 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Aloe africana is evergreen. The leaves are simple and fern-green.

Flowers and Fruits

Aloe africana produces orange tubular flowers from March to April.

The trees produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Aloe africana is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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