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Origin and Habitat: Dry interior of South Africa in karroid vegetation. in dense groups or circular patches on hill slopes or flat stony areas often on sandy calcareous tufa.
Aloe claviflora Burch.
Trav. S. Africa et: Burch. & Reynolds J. S. African Bot. 1938, iv. 29, descr. ampl.
ENGLISH: Kraal Aloe
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): Kraalaalwyn
Description: It forms dense hollow circular colonies of ten or more heads from rosettes that point outward, not upward 1-2 m in diameter. It begins with a single plant that continuously divides to become aprofusion of fleshy leaves , growing outwards in ever increasing circles, while the original deads. This gives rise to its common name, the kraal aloe.
Stem: Acaulescent or very short decumbent up to 10(-20) cm long.
Rosettes: Clustered, ± asymmetrical, up to 60 cm wide, with upright grey-green leaves to 45 cm long, edged with widely spaced large teeth.
Aloe claviflora Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
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