Aloe munchii Christian

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Aloe munchii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Slopes of Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Aloe munchii

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Muvumodzi headwaters, Chimanimani Mts

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Common names: Munch's great chimanimani aloe (English)
Status: Native
Large succulent shrub-like plant, single-stemmed or branching near the base, 2-5 m tall. Leaves in a dense rosette at the apices of the branches, up to c. 50 cm long, greyish-green,without spots but often tinged pinkish-red, particularly along the toothed margins. Inflorescences 1-2 from each rosette, erect, branched, up to 60 cm tall, each branch terminating in a dense subcapitate head, 10-14 cm long. Flowers bright orange-red, 35-45 mm long.
Notes: The taxonomic status is not sufficiently known. It has been suggested that it may be an adapted form of Aloe excelsa although the flowering habit looks very different.
Derivation of specific name: munchii: after Raymond Charles Munch (1901 - 1985), Zimbabwean farmer and plant collector with a particular interest in aloes and cycads.
Habitat: In quartzite grasslands on mountain slopes, growing among large boulders where it is somewhat protected from fires.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:July
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 8 June 2010

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aloe munchii., retrieved 27 May 2024

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