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Aloe pictifolio

Aloe pictifolio is closely related to Aloe microstigma but it is not easily confused for it. Aloe pictifolio forms clusters, has smaller ribbon shaped leaves and the flowers and racemes are smaller.

The specie name 'pictifolio' means 'painted leaves' and refers to the numerous small circular dots that are present on the leaf surfaces.

Common Names: -
Status: Not threatened.
Distribution: Aloe pictifolio can be found on steep rocky cliffs to the north of Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Description of Aloe pictifolio :
Stem: Three to seven rosettes form on short creeping stems.
Leaves: Leaves are reddish-green in colour, up to 150mm in length and 25mm wide at the base. Leaf surfaces are smooth and numerous small round white dots are present on the leaf surfaces. Lef margins are armed with sharp small reddish-brown teeth.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence: Simple inflorescence up to 350mm in height is borne from the rosette. Raceme small, narrow and cone shaped.
Flower: Small tubular flowers, up to 16mm in length. Flowers are redin colour with the mouth turning a yellow colour after opening.
Flowering Time: Flowering occurs from July through to September.
Cultivation of Aloe pictifolio:
Light: Light shade to full sun.
Watering: Careful watering.
Frost Protection: Required.
Notes: Easy to cultivate, makes an impressive show in pots and beds.
Reference: Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa.
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