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Aloe polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans

Aloe polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans

Asphodelaceae Also placed in: Aloaceae Monocot

Spiral Aloe


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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.


from www.usbg.gov/plant-collections/conservation/Aloe-polyphyl...


Also see Paloma Gardens, Cliive & Nicki Higgie,

Fordell, Wanganui, North Island, New Zealand

Northwest Horticulture Society November, 2005 tour

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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.


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