Aloe fibrosa - a shrubby East African species

Walker, Colin (2023). Aloe fibrosa - a shrubby East African species. Haworthiad, 37(1) pp. 14–16.


Aloe fibrosa belongs to a group of shrubby species from tropical East Africa. A multidisciplinary study of 12 species identified three as having fibrous leaf bases: A. babatiensis, A. fibrosa and A. morijensis with the last two being closely related. However in a recent extensive molecular study A. fibrosa was shown to have A. ngongensis, a shrubby non-fibrous leaved species, as its closest relative. In cultivation A. fibrosa has proved to be very easy to grow and tough compared to many other aloes.

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