Aloe branddraaiensis Groenewald


Aloe branddraaiensis is so named because it was first collected in the locality of Branddraai in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. I am not aware of any common names, but it could be called Branddraai aloe. It has a very restricted range but is quite common in that area and north to the Olifants River. It is in the group of spotted aloes and is stemless. The leaves are marked with white flecks which form rather indistinct stripes and armed with sharp brown teeth. They can take on a reddish-brown color when growing out in full sun. The tips of the leaves tend to dry out and die back and can sometimes be twisted. The flower color is a deep red and the flowers appear in June and July on several much-branched inflorescences.