Aloe perdita Ellert

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Frequency: Uncertain
Status: Native
Stemless succulent, suckering from the base forming small colonies. Leaves with greenish-yellow sap, 5-25 in a basal rosette, smooth or very slightly rough, linear, 14.5–36 cm long and c.2 cm wide at base; upper surface mostly concave, slighty channeled towards the apex, pale to dark green to reddish-brown, marked with pale stripes or blotches sometimes arranged in wavy bands; margin with small, hardly spiny teeth 0.1–1.5 mm long. Inflorescence singly or rarely two to a rosette, erect up to 55 cm high, 1–4-branched with laxly 5–35-flowered cylindric racemes, 5–15 cm long up to 6.5 cm wide; pedicels 7–16 mm long. Flowers pale reddish to pale orange-scarlet, slightly curving downwards or hanging vertically, 20–33 mm long 4.5–7 mm across the ovary, constricted to 3.5–4 mm above the ovary, widening to at about the middle; filaments pale yellow as long as the perianth, anthers brown, exserted 0.5–1.5 mm. Fruit an more or less elliptic capsule, c. 23 mm long,yellow-green to brownish-green before ripening, dehiscent.
Notes: This species has only recently been described from specimens in cultivation. The original parent specimens were collected from an unknown location in the Chimanimanis, probably in the Muhowa area known as the Corner. It is likely also to be found on the Mozambique side of the mountains.
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Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: MS?
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Ellert, A.F.N. (2008). Aloe perdita, a long-lost species from the Chimanimani Mountains on the Zimbabwe/Moçambique border Aloe 45(3) Pages 76 - 77. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Aloe perdita
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aloe perdita

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe perdita
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe perdita
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe perdita
Plants of the World Online: Aloe perdita
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Wikipedia: Aloe perdita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aloe perdita., retrieved 28 November 2023

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