Aloe scobinifolia (1)

Scobinifolia means “with rasp-like leaves”, referring to the fact that the leaves of this species are rough to the touch.
The plants usually form small groups, with or without short stems. The inflorescence is 60-70 cm tall with yellow, orange or scarlet  flowers mainly appearing between September and January.
The species used to occur in vast numbers around Erigavo in northern Somaliland, usually on exposed gypsum plains at an altitude of roughly 1250-1800 meters.
Unfortunately it is now considered endangered, as a result of habitat loss and degradation caused by logging and overgrazing (see first picture).

habaloescob 1836

aloescob 1840

aloescob 1841

aloescob 1860

To be continued.

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