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Aloe microstigma

Aloe microstigma

Karoo aalwyn, Cape speckled aloe, small-spotted aloe

Perennial succulent with blue gray leaves in a whorl. Leaves turn orange when the plant is under stress. The leaf margins are lined with numerous small red thorns and leaf undersides are sparsely covered in white spots. Bears one or two inflorescences with red flowers that later turn orange.

The specimen in the photo is an example of the A. microstigma microstigma subspecies, the only subspecies that occurs in Hex.

Distribution in the Hex

Robertson Karoo vegetation near the old Osplaas Railway Station.