Aloe arborescens Mill., 1768
Common names: Krantz aloe, Candelabra aloe [En], Aloès arborescent, Aloe candélabre, Corne de bélier [Fr], Planta pulpo, Aloe candelabro, Candelabro [Es]
Perdika, AEGINA ● Greece
Description: Flowering succulent perennial. Its specific name indicating that it sometimes reaches tree size, of 2–3 metres high.
Its leaves are succulent and are green with a slight blue tint. Its leaves are armed with small spikes along its edges and are arranged in rosettes situated at the end of branches.
Flowers are arranged in a type of inflorescence called a raceme. The racemes are not branched but two to several can sprout from each rosette. Flowers are cylindrical in shape and are a vibrant red/orange color.
Biology: In Southern Africa, it blooms in June-July. In the Northern hemisphere, it blooms in winter and early spring.
Habitat: Although Aloe arborescens has adapted to many different habitats, its natural habitat usually consists of mountainous areas including rocky outcrops and exposed ridges. Its common name krantz aloe refers to the Afrikaans word "krantz", which means a rocky cliff. Its habitat can vary and is one of only a few species of aloe that is found growing from sea level up to the tops of mountains.
Distribution: It is endemic to the south eastern part of Southern Africa (South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe). It has been imported in many tropical, subtropical and temperate warm countries.
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