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Creeping Aloes

Creeping Aloes Aloes in this group comprise of seven species. All the ales tend to creep on the ground with rosettes that lean to one side. Creeping aloes have indistinct stems or stems are absent.

Leaves are a dull green colour with small white teeth on the margins.

These aloes flower in the summer months and the inflorescences are crown shaped.

Species in this group:

  • A. arenicola - The name "arenicola" means sand dweller, which is apt for Aloe arenicola as it grows in very sand areas of the Sandveld, a thin coastal strip on the West Coast of south Africa from Lamberts Bay to the Mouth of the Orange River.
  • A. comptonii - Aloe comptonii is named after Professor R.H. Compton, the second director of the National Botanical Gardens of South Africa.
  • A. dabenorisana - Found in the Dabenori Mountains in Bushmanland where it grows on cliff faces in quartzite crevices. Aloe dabenorisana is named after the Dabenorissana Mountains where it was first discovered.
  • A. distans - Aloe distans flowers in summer during the middle of the Western Cape dry season, it is considered rare due to its small ditribution area. The name 'distans' means standing apart.
  • A. meyeri - Found in the arid regions of the richtersveld in the Northern cape of South Africa. Aloe meyeri was named after Rev. G. meyer of Steinkopf.
  • A. mitriformis - The name ' mitriformis' is derived from the way Aloe mitriformis' rosette resembles a Mitre or Bishops Cap especially in times of drought.
  • A. pearsonii - Aloe pearsonii is from one of the most arid parts of South Africa. The specie name 'pearsonii' is derived from the surname of Professor H.W. Pearson, the first director of the former National Botanical Institute of Southern Africa.


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