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Aloe minima Baker
(name current 2016)
(Aloe minima var. minima)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU A1cB1B2bD1
Endemism: Near endemic?
Threats: Road network
Distribution: Forbes Reef, Malolotja, Ngwenya, Motjane
Scattered. Very small and inconspicuous. In previous RDLs, considered Rare in Swaziland. Very common in South Africa (Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga).
Synonyms: Aloe minima Baker var. blyderivierensis (Groenew.) Reynolds; Aloe parviflora Baker
Very common in South Africa (Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga). Found in Natal, southern and eastern Transvaal.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe minima - Small, “stemless”. Leaves few, narrow, stiff, erect, c 30 cm long x 5 mm wide, unspotted above, plentifully spotted below near base, spots rising into short white pointed excrescences; margins with minute white teeth in lower half only. Inflorescence usually solitary, axis slender erect 30—45 cm high, with terminal dense cluster of flowers; stalks c 1 cm long; perianth 1 cm long, horizontal at maturity, dull pinkish or purplish-brown.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Jeppe, B. (1969). South African Aloes. Purnell, Cape Town