Aloe christianii Reynolds

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Aloe christianii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare to Mutare rd nr Headlands

Aloe christianii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare to Mutare rd nr Headlands

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Common names: Basil Christian's aloe (English)
Status: Native
Perennial herb, normally solitary but rarely suckering to form small groups. The plants are usually hidden in vegetation but the tall flowering stems are conspicuous above the grass. The inflorescence is a tall (2 - 3 m) panicle, branched in the top third. The flowers are dull red, the buds typically erect and the open flowers pendulous.
Derivation of specific name: christianii: after H. Basil Christian (1871–1950) South African agriculturalist and amateur botanist who lived in Zimbabwe after 1911 and established the gardens at Ewanrigg.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Jun
Worldwide distribution:
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 290.

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 78 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 84.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 36.

West, O. (1974). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Rhodesia. Longman, Salisbury Pages 76 - 79. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Aloe christianii., retrieved 22 April 2024

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