Tropical East African aloes: conservation status, uses and threats

Walker, Colin (2023). Tropical East African aloes: conservation status, uses and threats. CactusWorld, 41(1) pp. 75–76.

Abstract

Around 90 species of Aloe occur in tropical East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). For Kenya alone 30 species or 50% are endemic. Three recent studies assessed factors that threaten these species.
Mkala et al. (2022) assessed the impact of future climate change for three critically endangered species.
Abihudi et al. (2021) assessed the status of 22 Tanzanian species and concluded that overall numbers are declining for these species mainly due to human activities.
Earlier Abihudi et al. (2019) investigated ethnobotanical knowledge and uses of aloes in Tanzania. Their headline conclusion was that over-exploitation is threatening some species with extinction.

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