Aloe pratensis
Aloe pratensis

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Abu Shawka sntc.org.sz

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Ivan Latti

Aloe pratensis can be easily identified by the large papery bracts on the peduncles and the large white base where the margined teeth and spines are born. The distribution of this aloe ranges from Grahamstown in the south to Cathedral Pank and Champagne Castle on the eastern side of the Drakensberg. (www.succulents.co.za.)

Aloe pratensis flower
Aloe pratensis leaves

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Ivan Latti

Aloe pratensis often branches at the base to produce a clump of thorny and densely leaved rosettes. The leaves are longitudinally lined and spined on the outer surfaces, not the inner ones. The white tubercles at the base of the spines are said to be characteristic of this species. The flowers are characterized by conspicuous bracts below the perianths. Note the colour and shape at the inflorescence. (Wan Vyk and Smith, 2005)

Aloe pratensis flower
Aloe pratensis flower

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Ivan Latti

Receme of the aloe pratensis is 200mm in length and 100mm in width. The buds are tightly packed and covered with bracts. The flowers are a mix of pinkish-red and are up to 400mm in length . The flowers form a cylindrical shape that is slightly wider in the middle. Flowering will occur from June to October. (www. succulents.co.za)

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