Aloe mkushiana T.A.McCoy

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Aloe mkushiana

Near vertical gorge cliff face on the west facing side of the Mkushi River
Nov 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aloe mkushiana

Near vertical gorge cliff face on the west facing side of the Mkushi River
Nov 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Aloe mkushiana

Near vertical gorge cliff face on the west facing side of the Mkushi River
Nov 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Cremnophyte; stem solitary, pendulous, unbranched, up to 100 cm. long, 3-5 cm in diameter; leaves downward pointing, slightly to strongly falcate, 80-150 cm long, 9-12 cm wide, 10-20 cm thick, glaucous to dark green, unspotted, margins armed with reddish-brown uncinated teeth 1-2 mm long, 2-3 mm wide and spaced 10-20 mm apart; inflorescence pendent, 90-120 cm long, 3-5 branched from below middle; racemes arcuate-ascending, 25-45 cm long, cylindrical-acuminate, sub-densely flowered; pedicels 12-15 mm long; perianth cylindrical-trigonous, 28-32 mm long, 5-7 mm wide, bright red with yellow mouth; anthers exserted 1.5-2.5 mm at anthesis; seed capsules 20-22 mm long, 10 mm wide; seeds black, nearly wingless, 3 x 4 mm; exudate yellowish-orange, drying purplish-brown.
Type location:
Zambia
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: Mkushiana: from Mkushi River gorge.
Habitat: Gorge cliff faces along Mkushi River
Altitude range: 600 m (approx)
Flowering time:May - June
Worldwide distribution: Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 January 2018
Literature:

McCoy, T.A. (2017). A New Species of Cremnphytic Aloe fron the Republic of Zambia Cactus and Succulent Journal 89(6) Pages 276 - 279.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aloe mkushiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aloe mkushiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aloe mkushiana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aloe mkushiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aloe mkushiana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aloe mkushiana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Aloe mkushiana
iNaturalist: Aloe mkushiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aloe mkushiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Aloe mkushiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aloe mkushiana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Aloe mkushiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aloe mkushiana
Plants of the World Online: Aloe mkushiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aloe mkushiana
Tropicos: Aloe mkushiana
Wikipedia: Aloe mkushiana


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aloe mkushiana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=229320, retrieved 26 February 2020

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