Natal Aloe

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Aloe spectabilis Reynolds
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPHODELACEAE
Common Names
Natal Aloe (e), Natal-aalwyn (a), Umhlaba (z)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2011/03/24
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A range-restricted (EOO 5682 km²), but locally abundant species that is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
Bushmans, Mooi and Tugela River valleys.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Savanna
Description
Hot, dry, rocky hillslopes.
Threats
No threats.
Population

The species is locally abundant, with subpopulations numbering thousands of individuals covering hillsides particularly in the Tugela River Valley.


Population trend
Stable
Notes
A. spectabilis is very similar to the very widespread and common Aloe marlothii, and was formerly synonymised with this species, but it was recently reinstated (Klopper and Smith 2010).
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe spectabilis ReynoldsLeast Concern 2011.1
Bibliography

Klopper, R.R. and Smith, G.F. 2010. Asphodelaceae: Alooideae: Reinstatement of Aloe spectabilis. Bothalia 40(1):91-93.


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


Citation
von Staden, L. 2011. Aloe spectabilis Reynolds. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/11/21

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