Aloe sessiflora (Lemombo Aloe, Bottle-brush Aloe) [A. spicata, A. tauri?]

Native to Zimbabwe and South Africa, this aloe forms unique inflorescences atop an arborescent stem.

Aloe sessiliflora (Bottle-brush Aloe, Lemombo Aloe) [A. spicata, A. tauri?]
Deciduous: no
Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Height: to 2 meters (7 feet) tall
Diameter: to 1.2 meters (4 feet) across
Growth Rate: slow
Age: perennial
Root System: fibrous
Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae/Aloaceae/Asphodelaceae
Subspecies: none

Tolerates: drought, erosion
Problems (major): root rot
Problems (minor): none
Poisonous: yes

Soil requirements: requires light/sandy, 6.6-8.5 pH, well-drained; tolerates gravel-y soils
Air requirements: not sufficiently soil
Watering requirement: low
Sun requirement: full sun to partial shade (optimal)

Primary photosynthetic organ: leaves
Leaf structure: triangular, light green to copper or red, decumbunt, triangular teeth, to 80 centimeters (33 inches) long
Stem structure: erect, simple, occasionally shrub-like branching
Stem structure/shape: slender, erect
Flowering structure: raceme inflorescence to 1 meter (3.2 feet) tall, occur in 1-5; many flowers, cylindrical shape, pale
brown, ovate, subsessile, campanulate, yellow
Flowering frequency: June to July in native habitats, January to March in cultivation elsewhere
Fruit: triangular with multiple seeds
Rosette: yes
Monocot or dicot: monocot

Notable characteristics:
The inflorescence is atypical for aloes with bright yellow flowers and brown bracts. The stem is thin and woody with a
rosette drooped about atop the stem.

Uses:
This may be potentially used to heal burns or similar ailments, although Aloe vera is almost certainly better as a curing
agent.

Sources used:

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Foliage and the stem

All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that
this article/online journal is appropriately cited first.

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