Aloe pratensis

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 of the inflorescence.

In nature one finds this species inland in KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern parts of Lesotho and in the Eastern Cape. This species is not commonly cultivated (Van Wyk and Smith, 2003).

Photo: Ivan Latti

Author: Ivan Latti

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