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Aloe welmelensis (Hargeissa)

Aloe welmelensis is a rare and threatened succulent plant species found only in one river valley in southern Ethiopia.
Aloe welmelensis in situ

Aloe welmelensis (Photo: Sebsebe Demissew)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Aloe welmelensis Sebsebe & Nordal

Common name: 

Hargeissa (Oromiffa)

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) based on EOO (extent of occurrence). Endangered based on AOO (area of occupancy).

Habitat: 

Vertical rock faces, edges of rocky valleys and outcrops along rivers.

Key Uses: 

Medicine.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus: Aloe

About this species

Aloe welmelensis has erect to creeping stems and is well adapted to living in dry, rocky habitats. Its flowers are scarlet and turned to one side of the inflorescence (flower stem). It has small spines along the margins of its fleshy leaves. Aloe welmelensis is collected by the inhabitants of the Welmel River valley for medicinal use.

Genus: 
Aloe

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