Family: Asphodelaceae Juss.

Aloe jucunda

Distribution: Endemic to northern Somalia, Gaan Libah, 65 km south-southwest of Berbera.

Ecology: Rocky mountain slopes in Juniperus-Buxus forest on limestone, at elevation 1100 to 1700 m. Blooms when conditions allow; after sufficient moisture.

Description: Perennial succulent, stemless or short-stemmed, suckering from base or from the stem, up to 30 cm tall, forming dense groups 50 cm plus in diameter; rosettes 8–9 cm across. Leaves about 12, densely rosulate, broadly ovate, tapering, spreading up to recurved, 4 cm long, 2.5 cm wide at base, fleshy, upper surface dark green, flat to channelled, older leaves brownish at the tip, numerous pale green to white, transparent, oval spots; underside rounded, dark green, spots smaller, margins with horny red-brown, triangular teeth, 2 mm long, spaced at 3–4 mm, interspaces rounded, smaller spines at tip. Inflorescence simple raceme, to 35 cm tall, cylindric, lax; bracts 5 × 3 mm; pedicels 6–7 mm long; flowers cylindrical, pale pink, 20 mm long, 7 mm across, outer tepals free at tips; anthers and stigma exserted; ovary 5 × 2.5 mm.

Threat and protection: This species is listed by IUCN Red List as critically endangered, however it is grown in culture, easily obtainable and easy to grow and flower.

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These images were taken in culture.