Tag Archives: East Africa

Kalanchoe marmorata

This beautiful species occurs widespread from  DR Congo and Tanzania to Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia on rocky slopes in wooded areas and cultivated lands at altitudes between 1200 and 2400 m. It is also often cultivated as an ornamental as … Continue reading

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Aloe ballyi

This very distinctive species normally produces one single stem up to 8 m tall and only 10-15 cm thick. Sometimes, plants branch from the base and form large shrubs. Each stem bears about 25 leaves, up to 90 cm long and grey-green on both … Continue reading

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Aloe peckii

In general, this species is stemless and growing singly or in small groups, but sometimes groups of over 20 rosettes are formed. Each rosette has 14-16 leaves, about 16 cm long and 6 cm wide at the base, usually olive-green with … Continue reading

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Aloe somaliensis

Aloe somaliensis was described in 1899, from plants that were raised at Kew from seeds that had been collected a few years before, probably at Sheikh pass in Somaliland Protectorate (as it was then called). It is now known to occur not … Continue reading

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Euphorbia atroflora

Similar to, but taller and more impressive than, E. tescorum, this species occurs in the hilly  region south of Lake Turkana in Kenya on rocky slopes with open bushland between 900 and 1800 m. The plants grow into sturdy shrubs up to 2.5 m tall, … Continue reading

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Sansevieria robusta

A very common sight in Kenya in dry bush land at altitudes between 600 and 1500m. The species is often confused with S. ehrenbergii but this occurs mainly in Arabia. In the younger stages, both species have their leaves growing in all … Continue reading

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Euphorbia tescorum

East Africa harbours several shrubby, spiny Euphorbia species which are often difficult to tell apart. The species shown here occurs in northern Kenya and adjacent areas in Uganda and Ethiopia in very open bushland (often on lava) at altitudes between 400 … Continue reading

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