African Plant Database

Aloe esculenta L. C. Leach
Family : Aloaceae
Protologue : J. S. African Bot. 37: 249-259 (1971)
Information on the genus : Aloe
Status for SA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Aloe angolensis Baker
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aloe angolensis Baker (1878) (SA = accepted; TA = rejected)
=*Aloe baumii auct.
=*Aloe littoralis auct.
=*Aloe rubrolutea auct.
=Aloe littoralis × zebrina [Hell.]
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb, suckering to form dense clumps of plants, acaulescent or sometimes with a short thick often decumbent stem to 40 cm long
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Ecology : In hot dry country, in open sandy pan-like areas and stunted mopane woodlands; c. 1000 m alt.
  Flowers (edible) are stripped off, eaten as a spinach-like vegetable.
  NW Botswana, N Namibia, Caprivi Strip.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 12[3]: 83

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • J. S. African Bot. 40: 121-122 (1974).
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 106 (1985).
  • Fl. S. Africa 5[1]: 65 (2000).
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