ASPHODELACEAE: Aloe saundersiae [Critically endangered]
Smallest of all aloes in South Africa, they are found in rocky places, crevices and open ground amongst short grass within central KwaZulu-Natal.
The plant grows up to 15 mm high. They are small plants becoming stemless with spindle shaped roots, solitary or small tufted groups. Leaves rosulate, narrowly linear 10-16 to a rosette. Upper surface slightly channelled with longitudinal groove, green without spots, lower surface green, and few white spots near base.
Margins soft white triangular teeth, distant near base, smaller and crowded upwards. Inflorescence simple 140-180 mm high. Flower pale cream-pink. Flowering in February to March.
If you have seen this plant, please contact Suvarna Parbhoo, CREW programme: KZN Node Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference: JEPPE, B. 1969. South African Aloes. Purnell. Cape Town.