Aloe descoingsii Reynolds
J. S. African Bot. 24: 103 (1958)
Madagascar (Toliara) .
soil at top limestone cliffs
at low elevation. (approx
350 m) Aloe Descoingsii is endangered in
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 1.
Descoingsii is a miniature (The smallest of all Aloes) with
flattish heads to
5 cm in diameter.
Acaulescent or very shortly
caulescent, clumping freely forming dense groups
Leaves: About 8-10. Stiff, short, densely
rosulate ovate, curled up into inside, attenuate 3 to 6 cm long,
glaucous green to dark grey-green ( or earth coloured in full sun)
surface rough with many dull white beautiful markings and distinct
white cartilaginous marginal teeth, up to 1 mm long, 1-2 mm apart,
becoming obsolete toward tips.
Flowers: On a short (12-18 cm tall), graceful
unbranched stem, scarlet-orange with yellow petal
tips. The flowers are urceolate with a flat and shortly attenuate
base, 7-8 mm long, 4 mm in diameter.
Blooming season ( In Europe): Summer.
Leaves have white beautiful markings and distinct teeth at the margins.
is a popular and most rewarding pot plant. It is relatively easy to cultivate under a wide variety of
climatic conditions provided it is planted in a well-drained situation
given adequate water but not over-watered. It enjoys
light-shade and clumps readily. It may be grown in full sun too but
protect in summer from afternoon sun, and avoid reflected heat. Plants grown
outdoor can withstand light frost and prolonged drought and can
survive often for several seasons without water, at which point the
leaves turn a reddish colour, a sign generally associated with stress.
Frost hardy to -2°C. Maintenance: Removal of old flower
stalks; During the
winter months, the plants should be grown cool to initiate flower
development (about 5-10°C ).
Reproduction: Usually by cuttings, it is
also possible the propagation from seed
which germinates easily if sown in well drained soil and covered lightly
with fine sand. Seedlings grow fast, reaching flowering size in three to
four years. Seeds
must be sown as fresh as possible. Fresh seeds
quickly at 18°C.