Swaziland's Flora Database:
Aloe affinis A.Berger
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Dwarf shrub
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe affinis - Robust, “stemless”, rosette of c 20 erect-spreading leaves which may reach 60 cm long and 10 cm wide; upper surface almost flat, dark green, lower convex, rather lighter in colour, both sides unspotted but marked with several parallel longitudinal lines; margin horny with prominent pointed prickles, mostly hooked forwards, at intervals of 1—1 ˝ cm. Inflorescence 1—1,3 m high with several branches curving into erect position with long narrow membranous bracts and vermilion flowers in racemes, up to c 20 cm long; flowers hang rather loosely on slender stalks; perianth c 4 cm long, basal swelling c 1 cm diam, tube slightly curved.
* 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