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Species Information
 

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Aloe ecklonis Salm-Dyck
(name current July 2011)
inhlaba
(Aloe hlangapies)
(Aloe kraussii)
(Aloe boylei)

ASPHODELACEAE
Growth form: Shrub
Southern African Endemic
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Schedule B
Medicinal
Cultural uses
Other uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU B1B2cD2 Distribution: Malolotja area, Forbes Reef, between Motjane and Oshoek Tips into Swaziland. Mainly a South African distribution. Very common and widespread in South Africa. Synonyms: Aloe kraussii Baker; Aloe boylei Baker

Regional distribution:
Very common and widespread in South Africa, from Cape to eastern Transvaal, Orange Free State, Lesotho, Natal, and Swaziland.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aloe boylei - Stem short, bearing rosette of erectly spreading leaves up to c 60 cm long x 8 cm wide, tapering rather abruptly to tip, with many small spots at base below and few above, narrowly white-edged with very numerous soft short white teeth, c 3—4 mm apart. Flowering axis with numerous overlapping clasping bracts with long fine points. Flowers in dense somewhat flat cluster, stalks up to 5 cm long; perianth 4 cm long, gradually narrowing to tip, orange, vermilion, flame or salmon-pink, green tipped. Aloe hlangapies - “Stemless”. Leaves two-ranked, erect, up to 45 cm long x 5 cm wide, parallel-sided for most of their length, then tapering rapidly to tip, rather soft, somewhat spotted near base, above and below, margin with very small soft white teeth. lnflorescence up to 60 cm high, flowers densely clustered at top, stalks c 2,5 cm long; perianth yellow or scarlet, 3,5 cm or more long x 1 cm broad, both inner and outer segments free to near base.

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


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References

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