Aloe bulbicaulis Christian

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Aloe bulbicaulis

Ikelenge-Kachaya 27km;
Jan 2009
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Aloe bulbicaulis

Mansa, Bahati;
Dec 2002
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Aloe bulbicaulis

Mufumbwe wildlife Camp;
Jan 1991
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Aloe bulbicaulis

Lusaka, cultivated at Protea Hill Farm from material collected Salujinga;
Nov 2008
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Aloe bulbicaulis

Lusaka SE 13 km, cultivated;
Jun 2005
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Common names:
Frequency: Uncommon though widespread
Status: Native
Acaulescent herb, solitary or occasionally clumped. Leaves dying back in the dry season. The expanded leaf bases forming an underground bulb-like swelling; lamina up to 50 × 15 cm; leaf margin cartilaginous, 1-2 mm wide, whitish, the same colour as the teeth. Perianth pale yellow, or tinged with pink or brown.
Type location:
Notes: Previously misidentified as the West African species A. buettneri A. Berger.
Conservation status:Uncommon though widespread. Not threatened.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Seasonally damp grassland and open miombo woodland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N
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Content last updated: Monday 15 June 2015

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 67 - 69.

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Pages 14 - 15. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Williamson, G. (2002). Notes on Zambian Aloes Aloe 39(3&4) Pages 83 - 91.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe bulbicaulis
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aloe bulbicaulis., retrieved 1 October 2023

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