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Aloe in Angola (Asphodelaceae: Alooideae)

R. R. Klopper, S. Matos, E. Figueiredo, G. F. Smith
Bothalia | Vol 39, No 1 | a228 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v39i1.228 | © 2009 R. R. Klopper, S. Matos, E. Figueiredo, G. F. Smith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2009 | Published: 11 August 2009

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R. R. Klopper, Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity Collections Division South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa
S. Matos, Instituto de Investigate Cientifica Tropical, Trav. Conde da Ribeira 9, 1300-142 Lisboa, Portugal
E. Figueiredo, H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium, Department of Botany, Uni­versity of Pretoria, South Africa
G. F. Smith, Acocks Chair, H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium, Department of Bot­any, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Botanical exploration of Angola was virtually impossible during the almost three-decade-long civil war. With more areas becoming accessible, there is, however, a revived interest in the flora of this country. A total of 27 members of the genus Aloe L. have been recorded for Angola. It is not unlikely that new taxa will be discovered, and that the distribution ranges of others will be expanded now that botanical exploration in Angola has resumed. This manuscript provides a complete taxonomic treatment of the known Aloe taxa in Angola. It includes, amongst other information, identification keys, descriptions and distribution maps.


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