Aloe verecunda

Scientific Name
Aloe verecunda Pole-Evans
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A. verecunda is a widespread species in South Africa. EOO is estimated 120 000 km². A small proportion of the population (estimated<30%) has declined in the past due to habitat loss within Gauteng. However, this threat has largely ceased and A. verecunda is still common and not threatened at present elsewhere in the range.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West
Widespread but disjunct distribution. Occurs in Gauteng, near Middelburg and Piet Retief in Mpumalanga and in the Wolkberg and Soutpansberg in Limpopo.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Grassland, Savanna
Grassland. Occurs in shallow soils on rocky ridges and outcrops.
Craib (2005) estimates that A. verecunda subpopulations within Gauteng have declined by 60% due to urban development. However, the importance of rocky ridges as refugia for many rare and endangered plant and animal species have been recognized, and development on the ridges are now regulated so as to prevent further declines in threatened species (Craib 2005, M. Pfab pers. comm.) In spite of development A. verecunda can still be found on undisturbed rocky ridges within Gauteng as well as in mining areas to the west of Johannesburg such as around Carletonville. In these areas, large stretches of rocky ridges owned by gold mining companies remains preserved in pristine condition due to the exclusion of livestock grazing and development (Craib 2005). Elsewhere in the range there is very little threats to subpopulations, as the rocky habitat it prefers tend to not be affected by forestry plantations or agriculture (Craib 2005). The declines within Gauteng province happened over the last 50 years, which is longer than three generations of this species (generation length estimated 10 years), and is unlikely to represent more than 30% of the population. According to Craib (2005) and Van Wyk and Smith (1996) this species is not in danger of extinction.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe verecunda Pole-EvansLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Craib, C. 2005. Grass Aloes in the South African Veld. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

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.

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. 1996. Guide to the aloes of South Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.

von Staden, L. 2008. Aloe verecunda Pole-Evans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/05/26

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