Aloe kilifiensis

Aloe kilifiensis is a plant of the genus of aloes in the subfamily Asphodelus ( Asphodeloideae ). The specific epithet refers to kilifiensis the presence of the species at Kilifi in Kenya.

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Vegetative characteristics

Aloe kilifiensis growing stemless or short stem -forming, individually or clumping and forming small groups. Your shoots are up to 30 centimeters long. The about 15 lanceolate narrowed leaves form rosettes. The dull green leaf blade is 27 inches long and 7 inches wide. On it are usually many scattered, elliptical, or H-shaped, white spots. The sheet surface is smooth, the yellow leaf juice. The brown, horny teeth on the leaf margin are 3 millimeters long and are 4 mm apart.

Inflorescences and flowers

The inflorescence has four to six branches and reaches a length of up to 57 centimeters. The rather capitate grapes are 8 inches long and as wide. They consist of about 20 flowers. The triangular bracts have a length of 14 mm and 6 mm wide. The deep wine- red flowers appear at 16 mm long pedicles. They are 30 mm long and truncated at its base. At the level of the ovary, the flower has a diameter of 10 millimeters, about they are abruptly narrowed to 6 mm and then extended to 9 millimeters. Your tepals are not fused together over a length of 11 millimeters. The stamens and the style protrude slightly out of the flower.

Systematics, distribution and hazard

Aloe is kilifiensis common in the coastal areas of southeastern Kenya to the northeast of Tanzania along the coast on coral cliffs and sandy soils in dry scrub at altitudes 3-380 meters.

The first description by Hugh Basil Christian was published in 1942 ..

Aloe is kilifiensis in the Red List of Threatened Species IUCN as ' Endangered ( EN )', ie endangered classified.