ISI 2011-19. Aloe inamara L. C. Leach

This is a member of the Saponariae group with its characteristic maculate leaves and inflated flower bases. Leach suggested its closest ally to be A. swynnertonii, with which it shares subcapitate racemes of vivid-red flowers. Morphologically, however, A. inamara resembles other cliff-dwelling aloes in its rather lax rosettes of drooping leaves; its name reflects its seeming lack of the bitter sap of other aloes. This chemical protection against grazing is apparently rendered unnecessary by its inaccessible habitat. Rooted offsets of HBG 104412, from tissue-culture of a plant of the type collection, Leach & Cannell 14608, from vertical cliffs at the mouth of the Quicombo River, about 10 km south of Novo Redondo, Cuanza Sul, Angola. $10.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 83 (2), March - April, 2011