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Aloe bowiea is in many respects unlike other Aloe species and it was previously known as Chamaealoe africana. The differences are not significant enough however to warrant a seperate genus.

It is a small Aloe plant, reaching a height of about 140 mm. Aloe bowiea has a very limited distribution in the vicinity of Port Elizabeth, and due to urban as well as industrial development, the numbers have dwindled considerably. The species is now regarded as endangered

The greenish-brown flowers are rather insignificant and small.

Aloe bowiea suckers from the base quite prolifically and is easy to cultivate.

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