Aloe vanbalenii
Aloe vanbalenii

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Johannes Vogel

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Ivan Latti

Aloe vanbalenii is stemless or has short creeping stems among the clump of densely arranged rosettes that commonly develop in favourable growing conditions. It is found in nature in northern KwaZulu-Natal among rocks and sunny outcrops.

In sunlight the leaves are reddish brown, otherwise bright green. The leaves are a special feature of this plant's attraction. They are typically recurved and deeply channeled with marginal teeth only.

Aloe vanbalenii changing colour
Aloe vanbalenii

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Johannes Vogel

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Ivan Latti

Aloe vanbalenii is stemless or has short creeping stems among the clump of densely arranged rosettes that commonly develop in favourable growing conditions. It is found in nature in northern KwaZulu-Natal among rocks and sunny outcrops.

In sunlight the leaves are reddish brown, otherwise bright green. The leaves are a special feature of this plant's attraction. They are typically recurved and deeply channeled with marginal teeth only.

Aloe vanbalenii changing colour
Aloe vanbalenii changing colour

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Thabo Maphisa

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Ivan Latti

This stand of Aloe vanbalenii at the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden in Worcester is a special sight at any time of the year. The picture was taken in January when there were no flowers.

The colour reward at this time comes from the leaves that are more intensely red as the dry heat stresses the plant and less photosynthesis occurs in its resting season. The display should be greener in the rainy season. Visits during June and July will also be rewarding when most of these rosettes will produce flowers again

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