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Aloe khamiesensis
Asphodelaceae
Pillans

Aloe khamiesensis is similiar to Aloe framesii, especially younger plants. Aloe khamiesensis can be distinguished by its long erect stem, numerous racemes (between four and eight) and the fact that it is a mountainous specie while Aloe framesii is found near the coast.

The specie name 'khamiesensis' is derived form the location of the plants habitat which is in the Khamiesberge and the Khamieskrron area.

Aloe khamiesensis has been given a national tree number in South Africa, 26.3.

Common Names: Tweederly, Aloeboom which means Aloe Tree and Wilde-aalwyn which means Wild Aloe.
Status: Status is unknown but plants are being threatened by unscrupulous collectors.
Distribution: Aloe khamiesensis can be found in mountainous terrain in Namaqualand and in the Calvinia district in the Northern Cape of South Africa.
Description of Aloe khamiesensis :
Stem: Usually a rosette is formed on a single stem that can be up to 3 meters tall, occasionally branches into two heads.
Leaves: Leaves are up to 400mm long and 80mm wide at the base, lower parts of the leaves curve upwards while the upper parts curve inwards, leaves are a dull-green colour, leaf surfaces are marked with small white spots, leaf margins are armed with sharp reddish-brown triangular teeth.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence: Complex inflorescence that is branched into 4-8 racemes.
Flower: Racemes are triangular in shape with tubular shaped flowers that are orange-red in colour, in some specimens the flower tips are tinged a greenish-yellow colour.
Flowering Time: Flowering occur during June and July.
Cultivation of Aloe khamiesensis :
Light: Full sun.
Watering: Careful watering in summer as this plant occurs naturally in a wintr rainfall area.
Frost Protection: Required.
Notes: Aloe khamiesbergensis does not do well in general cultivation, specialist care is required for it to grow well.
Reference: Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa.
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