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Aloe rupestris

Aloe rupestris is closely related to Aloe excelsa and Aloe thraskii. The racemes of Aloe excelsa are sloping and the plant is more common. Aloe thraskii has leaves that are more strongly recurved.

The specie name 'rupestris' means 'growing in rocky places' anmd refers to its habitat.

Aloe rupestris has been given tree status in South Africa and its national tree number is 30.3.

Common Names: Kraalaalwyn, umHlabanhazi, uPhondonde.
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Aloe rupestris can be found in hot valleys in KwaZulu-Natal, Swasiland and Southern Mocambique.
Description of Aloe rupestris:
Stem: Solitary stem that can reach a height of up to 8 meters. Dry persistent leaves are present on the upper parts of the stem.
Leaves: Leaves are erect and spreading, a dull-green colour. Leaf surfaces are smooth, leaf margins are armed with numerous reddish-brown teeth.
Flower Description:
Inflorescence: Inflorescences are complex with up to fifteen racemes that are erect. Racemes cylindrical in shape and are densely packed with flowers.
Flower: Flowers are tubular in shape, their colour varies from a yellow to a bright orange, the stamens protrude from the mouth of the flower and are a darkm red colour.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs in August and September.
Cultivation of Aloe rupestris:
Light: Light-shade to full sun.
Watering: Careful watering in winter.
Frost Protection: Required.

Aloe rupestris has beautiful flowers and makes a welcome addition to any garden.

It grows well provided it is protected against frost.

Aloe rupestris is also susceptible to white scale.

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Reference: Guide to the Aloes of Southern Africa.
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