Aloe cameronii
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Aloe cameronii

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Ivan Latti

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Ivan Latti

Aloe cameronii, commonly red aloe or Cameron's Ruwari aloe, is not indigenous to South Africa, but a tropical African species found in Zimbabwe to Malawi. The plant in the picture was photographed in Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden during January. In habitat the winter leaf colour is green to dark green, typically assuming the coppery red shade seen here during summer. The plant in this picture may have immigrant adaption issues however, being red-leaved in a hot but wet Gauteng summer. (www.zimbabweflora.co.za; www.smgrowers.com)

Aloe camaronii leaves and habitat

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Ivan Latti

Aloe cameronii is a medium- sized suckering aloe, with several erect stems topped by lax leaf rosettes up to 60cm in height. The spreading leaves are succulent and smooth, lacking surface spines. The evenly spaced marginal teeth are smaller and slightly ascending towards the long narrow and curving leaf tips. The species habitat is grass- filled depressions or crevices on granite hills and cliffs, usually in the open at elevations from 700m to 1,585m( www.zimbabweflora.co.za; www.smgrowers.com.)

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