Scientific Name
Aloe pretoriensis Pole-Evans
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
H. Mtshali
Aloe pretoriensis is widespread and not in danger of extinction.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
In South Africa this species is known from scattered subpopulations in high altitude grasslands of Limpopo Province, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. It also occurs along the Lebombo Mountains in eSwatini and in the Makoni and Mutare districts in north-eastern Zimbabwe.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Grassland, Savanna
It occurs in exposed places on rocky outcrops and ridges in grassland and open woodland in South Africa and eSwatini. In Zimbabwe it occurs in high rainfall Brachystegia woodland.
Urban expansion around Pretoria has led to localized declines of A. pretoriensis. However, this area represents only a small proportion of its range. Elsewhere A. pretoriensis is not threatened (Van Wyk and Smith 2014).

This species is now rare in Gauteng due to habitat loss to urban expansion, but elsewhere in its range it is still common and not threatened (Van Wyk and Smith 2014).

Population trend
The subpopulations in Zimbabwe are isolated from those in South Africa and Swaziland and show some morphological variation (Kativu 2001).
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe pretoriensis Pole-EvansLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Glen, H.F. and Hardy, D.S. 2000. Aloaceae (First part): Aloe. In: G. Germishuizen (ed). Flora of Southern Africa 5 Part 1, Fascicle 1:1-159. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Kativu, S. 2001. Asphodelaceae. In: G.V. Pope (ed). Flora Zambesiaca 12 (Part 3):25-48. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Reynolds, G.W. 1969. The Aloes of South Africa. A.A. Balkema, Cape Town.

Van Wyk, B.-E. and Smith, G.F. 2014. Guide to the Aloes of South Africa. (Third ed.). Briza Publications, Pretoria.

Mtshali, H. 2018. Aloe pretoriensis Pole-Evans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2022/08/13

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