Aloe kilifiensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aloe kilifiensis
Species Authority: Christian

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2006-11-04
Assessor(s): Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants
Reviewer(s): Beentje, H., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Luke, Q., Lyaruu, H., Maunder, M., Mwachala, G., Ndangalasi, H., Njau, F., Schatz, G. & Wabuele, E. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
Has a small extent of occurrence and area of occupancy to qualify for an Endangered listing, is known from only five locations and there is continuing decline due to loss of extant and quality of habitat as a result of human activities.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Occurs along the southern Kenyan coast and discovered more recently on the northern Tanzanian coast near Tanga.
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common in places.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An acaulescent succulent growing in Acacia bushland on shale soils, on coral rocks and on white gritty soils.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A decoction of the leaves is taken for an enlarged spleen, causing vomiting and diarrhoea (Carter 1994).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is considerable habitat disturbance in this area due to agricultural expansion and other human activities in this coastal zone. Sought after by succulent collectors because of the striking flower colour.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Is known to occur in the Shimba Hills Nature Reserve, but there is no other in situ protection.

Is widely grown.

Bibliography [top]

Carter, S. 1994. Aloaceae. In: R.M. Polhill (ed.), Flora of Tropical East Africa. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

IUCN. 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2009.2). Available at: (Accessed: 3 November 2009).

Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants 2009. Aloe kilifiensis. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 August 2015.
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