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Aloe pillansii

SL. Guthrie
Asphodelaceae - CITES App. II

Aloe pillansii is named after Neville S. Pillans, a well-known Cape botasnist who first collected Aloe pillansii. Aloe pillansi has been placed on the endangered specie list due to ove-grazing and collecting.

Aloe pillansii South African national tree number is 30.

Distribution: Aloe pillansii occurs from Cornell's Kop in the Richtersveld northwards to Brandberg in Namibia.

Description: The yellowish-grey trunk splits dichotomously into erect branches, that never spread and terminate in large rosettes of thick fleshy greyish-green leaves (600mm in length).  The leaves are falcately deflexed and have whitish-cartilaginous edges with cartilaginous teeth.

Flower:  Inflorescence is branched and downward facing and flowers are yellow in colour and slightly swollen in the middle.

Cultivation:  Aloe pillansii is and easy plant to cultivate. A well drained soil is required, with careful watering. Full sun is required and frost protection in winter is required. (USDA 8 - 10).

Propagation:  Seeds and cuttings.

Aloe pillansii

Photographer: Philip Desmett

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