Aloe eminens G. Reyn. & Bally
Family: Asphodelaceae
(somali: Dacar-dhaadheer)
Aloe eminens image
Tomas Mazuch  
Lavranos, J.J. 1995. Flora of Somalia 4: 41
Plants caulescent, irregularly branched tree or shrub; stems up to 150 cm wide at the base, to 15 m tall. Leaves 16-20, about 45 cm long and 5 cm wide, landeolate, recurved, green, upper surface furrowed; margins with white, cartilaginous teeth; teeth 1-3 mm long, 3-10 mm apart. Inflorescences 50-60 cm tall, with 2-5 branches; branches 12-20 cm long, flowers fairly densse, evenly distributed; bracts about 6 mm long, 3 mm wide; perianth 30-42 mm long, 12 mm across the ovary, outer tepals free for 25-32 mm.; anthers exserted about 4 mm; ovary about 8 mm long, 4 mm wide; stigma exserte about 5 mm.

Aloe eminens grows on limestone in Juniperus forest or evergreen bushland at 1300-1800 m. It is known only from region N2 of the Flora of Somalia.

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Link to a key to the species of Aloe in <a href="http://keybase.rbg.vic.gov.au/keys/show/8482">Somaliland and Somalia</a>.

Aloe eminens is a branched tree or shrub up to 15 m tall with several 2-5 upright inflorescence branches bearing dense racemes of nodding red flowers that are 3-4.2 cm long. It is endemic to the Daalo region of Somaliland. Its continued existence is endangered because there are few populations that occur in a small area where its habitat is being rapidly degraded.