Rock Aloe

Rock Aloe


Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Aloe Petricola
Description
Small stemless aloe with thick, blue-green leaves. The leaves are usually sharply toothed on the margins and are very juicy with a yellowish, slimy sap. The sap has been used to treat stomach ailments for many centuries. The leaves also store water to enable the plant to survive drought. Dense spikes of red and cream flowers appear in midwinter. The flowers are carried on stout stems and are more or less tubular in shape. Most aloes are important foodplants for sunbirds which visit the flowers in search of nectar and in the process pollinate them.
Habitat
Grows on granitic outcrops south of the Sabie River in the Kruger National Park.



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