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Aloe ciliaris Haw.
Family Asphodelaceae
Aloe ciliaris Haw. APNI*

Description: Scrambling succulent perennial, up to 5 m long.

Leaves dispersed along stem, linear-lanceolate, convex beneath, 8–15 cm long, 1.5–2 cm broad, auriculate and stem-sheathing at base, dentate-ciliolate, with sharp teeth 1–3 mm long, becoming sparse and then absent towards attenuate apex, not spotted.

Inflorescence axillary, simple, 15–30 cm long, cylindrical-racemose, 25–30-flowered; pedicels c. 5 mm long. Flowers horizontal, pendulous at anthesis, bright red. Perianth cylindrical, c. 3 cm long; segments c. 6 mm long.

Fruit not seen.


Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island, where it has escaped from cultivation and established in roadside forest in the central, inhabited part of the island. Also sparingly naturalized in Vic and WA. Native to southern Africa.
NSW subdivisions: *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *W.A.
AVH map***

Text by P.S. Green (1994); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994) Flora of Australia vol. 49


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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