Aloe sladeniana

Aloe sladeniana is a plant of the genus of aloes in the subfamily Asphodelus ( Asphodeloideae ). The specific epithet refers to the Percy Sladen sladeniana Memorial Trust Expeditions, as the type specimen of this species was collected during one of them.

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Vegetative characteristics

Aloe sladeniana growing stemless, sprouts and forms groups. The six to eight lanceolate - pointed leaves are arranged in three rows. The green leaf blade is 4-8 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. At the leaf surface of many white, elongated, confluent, scattered patches are present, or the spots are arranged in irregular transverse bands. The lower leaf surface is keeled indistinct near the top. On the keel there are a few small, white and hard spines. The narrow leaf margin is whitish and cartilaginous. The hard, white teeth on the leaf margin are about 1 millimeter long and are 2 to 5 millimeters apart.

Inflorescences and flowers

The inflorescence is simple or consists of one or two branches and reaches a length of about 50 centimeters. The loose, cylindrical tapered grapes are about 18 inches long and 7 inches wide. The deltoid pointed bracts have a length of about 6 mm and 4 mm wide. The cloudy pink flowers are slightly greenish at their mouth, are at 17 millimeters long pedicles. They are 30 mm long and truncated at its base. At the level of the ovary, the flowers on a diameter of 7 millimeters. In addition they are abruptly narrowed to 5 mm and then expanded to its confluence point to 8 millimeters. Your tepals are fused together on a length of 7 millimeters. The stamens and the style protrude up to 1 millimeter from the flower.

Systematics, distribution and hazard

Aloe sladeniana is widespread in Namibia south west of Windhoek on quartz hills.

The first description by Illtyd Buller Pole -Evans was published in 1920. A synonym is Aloe carowii Reynolds ( 1938).

Aloe is sladeniana in the Red List of Threatened Species IUCN as "Least Concern ( LC) ," ie, not compromised as in nature, classified.