Contrasting growth habits of some arid-loving southern African aloes

Crook, Ivor; Pearcy, Les and Walker, Colin C. (2020). Contrasting growth habits of some arid-loving southern African aloes. Haworthiad, 34(3) pp. 65–68.

Abstract

Several species of stemless and shrubby, clump-forming aloes grow in the generally flat, arid areas of western South African and southern Namibia. Their habitats receive very little rain, so plants survive mainly due to the coastal fogs and condensation from the sudden overnight temperature drop. Despite similarities of habitat there are some interesting differences between these species. These are discussed in terms of Aloe arenicola, A. claviflora and A. asperfolia. Plants in cultivation are also briefly described.

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