Section: 1 Adromischus
also the typical subsp. liebenbergii.
Ciskei and Transkei.
This subspecies has pale grey-green flat leaves, sometimes
with fine darker markings, but without a
noticeable petiole, nor with a mucro at
the leaf apex. Small, whitish flowers.
Easy, but not very exciting
This was referenced under A. bicolor from herbarium material by
Tölken (1985) who was "uncertain
whether one is dealing with only one
species". It has now been described in Aloe
40(2):38 (2003) as a subspecies under A.
liebenbergii by Ernst van Jaarsveld.
This linkage is suggested by two
connecting collections i.e. M.B. Bayer
3685 (NBG!) from W. Rietbron and J.
Lavranos s.n. from Klaarstroom.
only plants from the lower Bashee River
are cited in the description, Adromischus
Section 1 has been recorded from the
Eastern Cape by a number of people and
these are probably all one variable
taxon, all with small whitish flowers
e.g. Flanagan 1113 (BOL!, SAM!).
High up on dolerite SE. Cathcart, Adro. Section 1, presumably A. liebenbergii subsp. orientalis.
A. Sect. 1 collected by Charles Craib,
Cliffs near the Groot Keirivier, E. Cape
- photographs by Ernst van Jaarsveld.
Probably A. liebenbergii subsp. orientalis
growing on the
farm Keibolo in the Kei Valley.