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Aloe commixta
Asphodelaceae

Aloe commixta can be confused with Aloe striatula with whom it is closely related. Aloe striatula can be distinguished by the following characteristics; it's leaves become recurved while Aloe commixta's don't, buds are not upright and erect, inflorescences are shorter.

The specie name 'commixta' refers to the intertwined stems.

Common Names: -
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Aloe commixta is only found on the Cape Peninsula.
Description of Aloe commixta:
Stem: Large shrub with numerous creeping stems that can be up to 3 meters in length are formed.
Leaves: Leaves are green in colour with distinct stripes, slightly fleshy and erect. Leaves margins are armed with fine white teeth, both the leaf surfaces are smooth and unblemished.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence: Inflorescence are simple and up to 300mm in length, racemes are cone shaped and are sparsely packed with flowers.
Flower: Buds are reddish in colour and are erect, flowers are yellow to orange, flowers are tubular in shape and they point downwards.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs during the months of August and September.
Cultivation of Aloe commixta:
Light: Full sun to light-shade.
Watering: Careful watering especially in the summer months.
Frost Protection: Required.
Notes:

Aloe commixta prefers a sandy and acidic soil that is well draining.

Plants occur naturally in a winter rainfall area and struggles to grow in summer rainfall areas

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References: Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa.
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