New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: n/a
Aloe brevifolia is a miniature, short-leaved, aloe with very compact rosettes around 80mm to 100mm in diameter. It is a coastal species that forms clumps of rosettes with leaves that build up on each other to about 300mm tall. Leaves are pale, waxy blue-green or grey, with triangular white spines on the edges. Sometimes a few spines are also found on the underside of the leaves.
Aloe brevifolia is found in areas with relatively high annual rainfall where most of that rainfall occurs in the winter months. It is more cold and moisture tolerant than most other aloes. It will tolerate a light frost but not freezing weather conditions.
© Geografpix Photography, Steve Reader