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Species Information

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Aloe rupestris Baker
(name current 2016)
Bottlebrush Aloe


Growth form: Tree
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: middleveld/lowveld
Local abundance: occasional

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Umbeluzi Gorge, Mnyame, Libertas, Lebombo Was listed previously as Rare for Swaziland.

Regional distribution:
Zululand, Swaziland, Mozambique

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe rupestris - Stems usually simple, up to 8 m high, usually less. Dead leaves persist for a time on trunk. Leaves numerous, spreading or recurved, up to c 70 cm long x 10 cm wide at base, gradually narrowing to sharp point, convex below, deep green, without spots or lines; margins pink with numerous sharp triangular teeth c 5 mm long, c 1 cm apart, directed forward towards end of leaf. Inflorescence c 1 m high with about six erect branches, the lower ones branching again to a total of c 12 or more densely flowered racemes. Bracts small, membranous. Flower-stalks very short. Perianth cylindrical, slightly widening upwards, c 2 cm long, shades of orange. Stamens and style protruding for c 15 mm, vermilion. Ovary c 5 mm long.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)

Jeppe, B. (1969). South African Aloes. Purnell, Cape Town