Aloe erinacea


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aloe erinacea
Species Authority: D.S.Hardy

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Loots, S.
Reviewer(s): Victor, J.E. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Southern African Plants Red List Authority)
Aloe erinacea is assessed as Endangered. The RAMAS® Red List version 2.0 software package was used to make this assessment.

Although this species does not have a very restricted extent of occurrence (estimated at 5,000–15,000 km²), its area of occupancy is small (10–20 km²). Observed populations are far apart and are certainly isolated. Seeds are probably wind dispersed but there are many mountainous barriers between subpopulations. It is an extremely attractive species (comparable to A. polyphylla) and is therefore most likely to be declining due to continuous collecting of both seeds and live plants from the wild.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aloe erinacea is endemic to Namibia. It has a relatively wide extent of occurrence, but the population is highly fragmented. According to Jankowitz, the biggest population is on Namuskluft. The largest subpopulation is probably around 350–400 plants.
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Collecting is a real threat in this case. Low recruitment is also a problem.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Aloe erinacea is included on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Loots, S. 2004. Aloe erinacea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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