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Famille des Xanthorrhoeaceae

(Ex Liliaceae)


Nom scientifique:  Aloe humilis 

 (L.) Miller, 1768 


Distribution: Afrique du Sud




Etymologie:  Aloe, du Grec "aloe" = nom de plante ;


 humilis, dérivé du Latin = faible, modeste, par rapport à la croissante lente

de la plante.


Synonymes:  Aloe acuminata, Aloe incurva, Aloe tuberculata, Aloe subtuberculata.


Température minimale:  - 5 °C si tenu au sec.


Exposition:  lumière très vive à plein soleil. 


Culture:  nécessite un substrat drainant de type cactées. Sa croissance

s'effectue au printemps et en automne.

Arroser de Mars à Octobre puis hiverner au sec. Peut être

arrosée une fois par mois l'hiver, par beau temps.


Les boutons floraux se forment en Février - Mars. 


aloe humilis


aloe humilis (1)


aloe humilis (2)


Floraison en Avril.

La floraison dure plus d'un mois.


Aloe humilis 1 (5) 

Aloe humilis 1 (7)


La hampe florale mesure 24 cm de longueur.


Aloe humilis 1 (8)


(Provenance: Jardinerie Cactus et Palmiers, 83320 Carqueiranne)




Ci-dessous, un autre Aloe humilis.

Floraison en Avril. La hampe florale mesure 39 cm de longueur.

La plante fait des rejets à la base.


Aloe humilis 2


Aloe humilis 2 (6)


Aloe humilis 2 (17)




Données supplémentaires


1) Aloe humilis (L.) Mill.


The smaller form occurs in the Eastern Cape from Somerset East to Port Elizabeth, the robust form grows in the southwestern districts near Oudtshoorn. It is a very distinctive small aloe with greyish-green leaves which are tuberculate and have soft prickles on both surfaces, the margins having soft white teeth. It forms dense low clumps with scarlet flowers; the open flowers are pendulous, with conspicuous large bracts. Less common is the orange-flowered form from Hankey in the Eastern Cape. Flowering from August to September.


Référence: Doreen Court, dans "Succulent Flora of Southern Africa", Revised Edition, Struik Nature Edition, p 242, 2010.

ISBN: 978-1-77007-587-0


2) Aloe humilis

(L.) Miller, Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 8: in corrig. (1768)


Plant stemless, forming dense groups. Leaves 20-30, erect to slightly incurved, very elongate ovate-acute, 10 x 1,2-1,8 cm, glaucous green with a powdery bloom, obscurely lineate, tuberculate with a scattering of white prickles on the lower surface, the margins with soft, white teeth, 2-3 mm long, 4-5 mm apart or more closely set. Inflorescence simple, erect, 25-35 cm tall. Raceme to 10 cm long, lax with up to 20 flowers. Floral bracts lanceolate, acute, to 25 mm long. Pedicels 25-35 mm long. Perianth scarlet or orange, cylindrical, inflated in the middle, 35-42 mm long, 4 mm across the ovary; outer tepals free for 22-28 mm. Stamens and style exserted 1 mm.

South Africa Cape of Good Hope, without precise locality. Iconotype: C. Commelijn, Hort. Med. Amst. Plant. Rar.: tab. 46 (1706).
A. humilis had a wide distribution in the south-eastern districts of the Western Cape and in the western half of Eastern Cape province, in karoid bush and similar semi-arid biomes. It is quite variable and at least five of its more distintive forms have, at various times, been assigned varietal rank, based principally on size. A. humilis is known extensively in cultivation as an attractive and easily grown dwarf plant. In the wild, some of its many forms tend to produce very large clusters of closely set rosettes. When in flower, these groups are most attractive.


Référence: S. Carter, J.J. Lavranos, L.E. Newton, C.C Walker, dans "Aloes, The Definitive Guide", Kew Publishing Edition, p 401, 2011.

ISBN: 978-1-84246-439-7


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