Aloe mzimbana Christian

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Aloe mzimbana

Mutinondo Wilderness;
Sep 2002
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aloe mzimbana

Mutinondo Wilderness;
Sep 2002
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aloe mzimbana

Mutinondo Wilderness;
Aug 2002
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aloe mzimbana

Mpika, Muchinga escarpment;
May 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aloe mzimbana

Lusaka, cultivated from material collected Kundalila falls;
Jun 2014
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aloe mzimbana

Lusaka, cultivated from material collected Kundalila falls;
Jun 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally widespread
Status: Native
This species is distinguished from Aloe chabaudii by leaves which are typically paler green, not blue-green, developing pink tips and fringes. Spotting is absent except in the NE of the country (Williamson). Racemes about 5, sub-capitate, densely flowered varying from cylindric in NW province to sub-capitate in Serenje and Mpika Districts. Plants from the Kabompo Gorge, on the boundary between Mwinilunga and Solwezi Districts are intermediate between A. milne-redheadii and A. mzimbana, lacking the spotting of the former. Here I follow Reynolds and Carter in assigning this plant to A. milne-redheadii.
Type location:
Notes: Conservation status: Widespread and abundant along the Muchinga escarpment from Kapiri Mposhi to Mpika.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Rocky outcrops
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Jul
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and northern Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N,Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 September 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 290. (Includes a picture).

Carter, S. (2001). Aloaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(3) Pages 77 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Lane, S.S. (2004). A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi Umdaus Press, Hatfield South Africa. Pages 21 - 23. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Page 28. (Includes a picture).

Reynolds, G.W. (1966). The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar. The Aloes Book Fund, Mbabane, Swaziland. Pages 111 - 114. (Includes a picture).

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

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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 mzimbana., retrieved 1 February 2023

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