Aloe swynnertonii Rendle (1911)

DESCRIPTION: Perennial herb, solitary, or suckering to form small groups of plants, acaulescent. Leaves in a compact rosette, spreading; lamina 3575 cm long or more, 710 cm wide toward the base, lanceolate-attenuate, often with a withered apical portion, fleshy, darkish green, with oblong whitish spots on the upper surface, distinctly lineate and lightly spotted to unspotted on the lower surface; margin with pungent reddish-brown teeth 34 mm long and 1025 mm apart. Inflorescence erect, to 12 m high, occasionally more; peduncle usually up to 12-branched with the lowest branches often rebranching; branches curving upwards, subtended by scarious bracts to 4 cm long, with the upper racemes more or less on a level with the terminal one, and usually with 12 sterile bracts below each raceme. Racemes 36 69 cm, capitate, densely flowered, but often with 13 pedicels arising separately 13 cm below the compact head; bracts 820 3 mm, lanceolate-acuminate; pedicels 2035 mm long, elongating to 3040 mm in fruit. Perianth orange-red to pinkish-red, 2535 mm long, c. 8 mm in diameter across the ovary, constricted just above then gradually widening and slightly curved, cylindric-trigonous; outer segments free for c. one-third with tips scarcely spreading.
Synonymy: Aloe chimanimaniensis Christian (1936), Aloe melsetterensis Christian (1938)
DISTRIBUTION: RSA (Northern Province), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi
CULTIVATION: Easy to grow, not common plant in Europe. Flowering times February to March and May to July.

Aloe swynnertonii Aloe swynnertonii Aloe swynnertonii
Aloe swynnertonii
cultivated plant
Aloe swynnertonii
cultivated plant
Aloe swynnertonii
cultivated plant