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Aloe tenuior

Aloe tenuior is easily distinguished from other rambling Aloes by the large woody rootstock, long racemes that have small red or yellow flowers.

There are three varieties; var. decidua, var. densiflora, var. rubriflora.

The specie name 'tenuior' means 'very thin' and it refers to the thin rambling stems.

Common Names: -
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Found from Cookhouse and Sommerset East in the Eastern Cape to Tsolo in Kwazulu-Natal.
Description of Aloe tenuior :
Stem: Stems can be up to 3 meters in length which form untidy medium sized bushes. Stems arise from a large rootstock that eventually bedcomes woody near ground level.
Leaves: Terminal rosettes are formed, leaves are greyish-green in colour and the leaf surfaces are unblemished. The leaf margins are armed with numerous small white teeth.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence: Simple inflorescence, raceme sparsely to densely packed with flowers.
Flower: Flowers are yellow to red in colour, mouth is wider thatn other parts of the flower.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs throughout the year.
Cultivation of Aloe tenuior :
Light: Light shade to full sun.
Watering: Careful watering.
Frost Protection: Required.

Aloe tenuior is used as a landscape plant in gardens as it forms medium sized bushes in time.

A well drained bed will be beneficial and help prevent stem rot.

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References: Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa.
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