ISI 2012-13. Aloe viridiflora Reynolds

This solitary aloe displays a simple but elegant rosette to nearly 1 m in diameter; the unmarked light green leaves lined with dark marginal teeth. The inflorescence is a menorah-like structure with six or more capitate racemes atop ascending branches. Flowers are clavate but with a gradual taper, revealing only a slight bulging above the middle. The flower color is unusual for the genus in being green, tinged yellow. The species grows in rocky areas in the central highlands of Namibia at 1500 to 1800 m elevation; here the climate is rather extreme, very arid most of the year and with high temperatures in summer and severe frosts and even some snow in winter. HBG 108058, plants grown from seed, collected in 2009 from the population nestled at the base of the Gamsberg, a prominent mesa about 120 km SE of Windhoek, Namibia. $12.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 84 (2), March - April, 2012