Aloe tenuior

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Aloe tenuior

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This is a South African shrubby, thin stemmed, branching plant reminiscent of several other similar looking Aloes: A ciliaris, gracilis and striatula. Leaves are bendable but not delicate or easy to break accidentally, thin and narrow, flat, often pointing dorsally or laterally, mid green with tiny white teeth along the margins. Rosettes can be only at the stem tips, if dry climate, or involve most of the 3'-5' of stem. Flowers bloom from late fall to late winter (mostly the latter) and are either yellow or reddish-orange and confined to a somewhat open cylindrical raceme. The stamens/styles are yellow as well and protrude from the flower mouths visibly. Flowers are pretty much a straight tube with now pinching or widening during their length. This is a pretty durable aloe, tolerating cold down to at least 25F and needing little care. However, if grown in too much shade stems become etiolated and can get up to 8' long, sprawling and collapsing all over their environment.
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Re: Aloe tenuior

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I collected some varieties of this species as either Aloe tenuior var. tidmarshii or as Aloe tenuior var. rubriflora... turns out both are just Aloe tenuior. There is another official variety of Aloe tenuior but it differs in having smaller, glossier leaves and is over all much smaller... never seen this plant that I am aware of. Below are examples of my red/orange flowering Aloe tenuiors. I have to say, though, that these plants are indeed smaller, weaker and have shinier foliage... but still doubt they are the other variety as no mention is made in the text about the flower color being any different.
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