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Aloe vanbalenii Pillans
(name current 2016)
Van Balen's Aloe
Growth form: Dwarf shrub
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: middleveld only
Local abundance: rare
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc
Distribution: Mlawula, lower East side of Umbeluzi river, Lebombo
In river valleys. Uncommon. Was listed as Rare for Swaziland in previous RDLs. Only in the northern Lebombo Mountains.
From Zululand to south eastern Transvaal, Lebombo mountain range.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe vanbalenii - Grows In dense groups, short stems branching at ground level. Leaves up to I m long, 10 cm or more wide, deeply channelled, strongly recurved, usually copper-tinted, faintly lined, unspotted, margins with stout triangular teeth c 1 cm apart. Inflorescence c 1 m high, with two or three branches. Racernes c 30 cm long, bracts broad, membranous, flower-stalks nearly 2,5 cm long, perianth yellow with green tips, up to 4 cm long, straight, outer segments free to base, with three conspicuous nerves; stamens protruding shortly.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)
Jeppe, B. (1969). South African Aloes. Purnell, Cape Town