Aloe buchananii Baker

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Common names:
Status: Native
Notes: Very similar to Aloe nuttii when not in flower. A. buchananii has narrower floral bracts, longer pedicels and shorter, slightly broader perianths.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Habitat: Montane grassland and open Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1150 - 1940 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Malawi.
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 192 - 193. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Page 66.

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Pages 4 - 5. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 28. (Includes a picture).

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe buchananii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aloe buchananii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe buchananii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe buchananii
Plants of the World Online: Aloe buchananii
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Wikipedia: Aloe buchananii

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 buchananii., retrieved 28 February 2024

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