Aloe polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans
Asphodelaceae Also placed in: Aloaceae Monocot
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Endangered native of the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho, Africa.
Grows in rock crevices at high altitudes,
Only alpine member of the genus Aloe.
Threats to populations of spiral aloe include
overgrazing, unsustainable harvesting by plant enthusiasts and people interested in its medicinal properties, and increasing rarity of its pollinator, the Malachite Sunbird.
Note: Aloe polyphylla is listed in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix I lists as a most endangered among CITES-listed plants.
Eplore Jul 7, 2006 #470