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Aloe comosa
Asphodelaceae

Aloe comosa is not easily mistaken for another specie, especially when in flower. The tall inflorescences, up to 3 meters in height, makes this an easily identifiable specie.

The specie name 'comosa' means 'bearing a tuft of leaves' and it refers to the rosette.

Aloe comosa has been granted tree status in South Africa and it's national tree number is 28.7.

Common Names: 'Clanwilliamaalwyn' or Clanwilliam Aloe.
Status: Considered rare due to illegal collecting and overgrazing.
Distribution: Aloe comosa has a small population to the North of Clanwilliam in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Description of Aloe comosa:
Stem: Sinlgle stemmed plant that can reach up to two meters in height. Stem usually covered with old leaves.
Leaves: Leaves are recurved and grey in colour, upmto 700mm in length. Leaf margins are pinkish in colour and armed with small reddish-brown teeth. Leaf surfaces are smooth.
Flower Description:
Inflorescence: Inflorescences are erect and can be up to 3 meters in height. Inflorescences are usually simple but they can be branched up to 5 times.
Flower: The tightly packed buds are red in colour but they turn a dull pink or whitish colour when they open.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs in the summer months of December and january.
Cultivation of Aloe comosa:
Light: Full sun.
Watering: Careful watering especially in summer months.
Frost Protection: Required.
Notes:

Aloe comosa grows best in frost free areas and prefers a winter rainfall area, it must be grown in a soil that is well-drained which will help prevent rot.

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Reference: Guide to the Aloes of Southern Africa.
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