Reinstatement of Aloe graciliflora Groenew. (Asphodelaceae: Alooideae), a maculate aloe from north-east South Africa

03 Jan 2012

Aloe graciliflora Groenew., which has previously been included in the synonymy of A. greatheadii Schönland var. davyana (Schönland) Glen & D.S.Hardy, is here reinstated. This species is adapted to the climatic extremes of South Africa’s eastern Highveld where it occurs southward from near Dullstroom to Waterval- Boven and Badplaas, and westward to Carolina. Morphologically it differs from A. greatheadii var. davyana by having larger flowers that generally lack the greyish longitudinal stripes, the flower colour being more intensely red, and by being a more robust plant in all respects.