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Species Information

Aloe kniphofioides Baker
(name current 2016)


Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Illegal trade

Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU A2cB1B2c Threats: Collection, harvesting, grazing, fire, urban expansion Distribution: Malolotja, Forbes Reef, Nyonyane Sisa Ranch, Bulembu, Mbabane, Mankayane Grass aloe. Common in Malalotja. Not protected in Forbes Reef. Used in Nyonyane Sisa. Medicinal usage, cattle and resettlement are further threats. Widespread in South Africa.

Regional distribution:
Natal, southern and eastern Transvaal, Swaziland

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe kniphofioides - Bulbous swelling c 5 cm diam below ground, composed of persistent thickened overlapping leaf-bases. Leaves narrow, scarcely succulent, erect, c 30 cm long >( 1 cm wide, unspotted, edged with minute teeth 12 mm apart. Inflorescence about 60 cm high, flowers widely spaced, stalks c 1,5 cm long; perianth up to 5 cm long, very straight, parallel-sided, horizontal or hanging at maturity, scarlet or salmon with greenish tip.

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

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