Aloe wildii (Reynolds) Reynolds

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Aloe wildii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern Chimanimani Mts

Aloe wildii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Northern Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Aloe torrei I. Verd. & Christian var. wildii Reynolds
Common names: Wild's small chimanimani aloe (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small perennial, solitary or suckering to form small clusters of stems. Leaves 2-ranked, grass-like, linear, 15-35 cm, rather fleshy, usually brownish-green, white-spotted in the lower half; margin with minute white teeth. Inflorescence simple, erect, up to c. 50 cm tall. Raceme laxly flowered, conical-cylindric, 5-7 cm long; bracts papery, ovate-acuminate, up to 8 × 4 mm. Flowers 30-35 mm long, cylindric, somewhat narrowed towards the mouth, orange-scarlet, green-tipped
Notes: Threatened by grazing cattle.
See A. plowesii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: wildii : after Professor Hiram Wild (1917-1982), former Head of the National Herbarium (SRGH), taxonomist and avid collector.
Habitat: Montane grassland among rocks and boulders, where it is subjected to seasonal burning.
Altitude range: 1325 - 2135 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Sunday 9 October 2011

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 59 - 60.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 161.

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). Miniature Aloes in Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 59. (Includes a picture).

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.

Reynolds, G.W. (1964). A new name for a S. Rhodesian Aloe Kirkia 4 Pages 13 - 14.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 42 - 43. (Includes a picture).

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

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aloe wildii., retrieved 20 February 2020

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