Aloe mutabilis

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Aloe mutabilis Pillans
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
ASPHODELACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
2019/01/23
Assessor(s)
H. Mtshali
Justification
Aloe mutabilis is widespread and not in danger of extinction.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West
Range
This species is endemic to northern South Africa, where it occurs from the Strydpoort Mountains near Polokwane in Limpopo Province, to the ridges around Johannesburg in Gauteng.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Savanna
Description
It prefers ledges on steep rocky slopes and cliffs, with stems often hanging downwards.
Threats
There are no severe threats to this species. It may have lost some habitat to urban expansion in Gauteng, but its preferred habitat is not generally suitable to construction. Ridges in Gauteng are mostly protected.
Population
Population trend
Stable
Notes
Aloe mutabilis can be difficult to distinguish from A. arborescens, particularly in the eastern part of its range between Witbank and Belfast in Mpumalanga (Reynolds 1969, Van Wyk and Smith 2014).
Bibliography

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.


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.


Citation
Mtshali, H. 2019. Aloe mutabilis Pillans. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/08/10

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