Aloe ferox

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Aloe ferox Mill.

Aloaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

28B / ff7117 

Inflorescence: panicle

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 ferox is a tree.

Naming

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

Taxonomy

Aloe ferox 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 2 to 3 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Aloe ferox is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are lanceolate with spiny margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Aloe ferox produces panicles of orange tubular flowers from June to August.

The trees produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Aloe ferox 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

Poisonousness

Aloe ferox is toxic.

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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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