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Aloe arborescens

SynonymsAloe arborescens var. frutescens (Salm Dyck) Link, Aloe mutabilis Pillans
Common namescandelabra aloe, dokgopha, inkalane, kraansaalwyn, krantz aloe, octopus plant, torch plant, vlambos
Ecocrop code3031

(16.05.03) E3031
DESCRIPTION: A much-branched shrub or small tree up to 2-5 m in height with somewhat obliquely disposed leaf rosettes, consisting of curved, dull greyish to bluish green leaves with toothed margins. Old, dry leaves occur on the stem only below the leaf rosettes. Conspicuous, unbranched inflorescences with scarlet, orange or yellow flowers appear in profusion during the winter months. USE: It is frequently used for hedges and living fences. Frequently gorwn as a garden ornamental. The leaves has medicinal properties. GROWING PERIOD: Perennial. COMMON NAMES: Candelabra aloe, Octopus plant, Torch plant. FURTHER INF: It thrives on cliffs and rocky slopes in cool areas with high rainfall. Widely distributed over the eastern summer rainfall areas of South Africa but does extend down into the Cape Mountains and further north into Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
WildWorld (South Malawi montane forest-grassland mosaic)