Aloe fouriei

Scientific Name
Aloe fouriei D.S.Hardy & Glen
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Taxonomically Problematic
Assessment Date
P.J.D. Winter & J.E. Victor
A. fouriei is very hard to distinguish from two other taxa, and the most recent revision indicates a scattered distribution across northern Mpumalanga into Limpopo Province. Field observations indicate that A. fouriei is probably an edaphic specialist limited to the Abel Erasmus Pass, where it is potentially threatened by habitat degradation. Taxonomic clarification is required before this species can be listed as threatened, as it would probably qualify under the criterion VU D2.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Abel Erasmus Pass, Dwars River Pass, Highlands Mountains near Polokwane and Strydpoort Mountains.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Rocky areas in grasslands, either at the edges of large sheets of exposed dolomite, on cliff faces, or among large tumbled rocks on the summits of hills, generally on south to east facing slopes.
Subpopulations in the Dwars River Pass area has been destroyed by mining, but mining is not a severe ongoing threat to this species as no other known subpopulations are threatened by mining (Craib 2005). The most extensive populations of plants are presently found in the Abel Erasmus Pass area, which is densely settled. Heavy grazing pressures are likely to lead to increased desiccation of the already arid mountain slopes where A. fouriei is found. In the long term this is probably more significant than trampling by livestock since only plants growing out in the open beside sheets of exposed rock are exposed to trampling.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Aloe fouriei D.S.Hardy & GlenData Deficient (Taxonomically Problematic) Raimondo et al. (2009)
Aloe fouriei D.S.Hardy & GlenVU D2Victor (2002)
Aloe fouriei D.S.Hardy & GlenInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African 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.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

Winter, P.J.D. & Victor, J.E. 2009. Aloe fouriei D.S.Hardy & Glen. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/05/26

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