Parker fountain pen, black ink and W & N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm watercolour paper
All the Aloes are in full flower and the winter got all 3 of my Aloe ferox, burnt the flowers brown. This is Aloe peglerae (also known as Turks cap), which I saw in the veld on the way to Magaliesburg, endemic to South Africa occurring only in Gauteng and one other province (North-West province). It is listed in the Red Data list of South Africa as an endangered species on the extinction queue if not protected or grown for ex-situ conservation.
Small stemless aloe, with a height of 50cm, drought-tolerant; sun to partial shade. This plant often has a single flower stalk. The flower buds are dull red with purplish stamens protruding from the flower tube and are pollinated by birds, bees and wind. The backs of the leaves have spines on the medial line near the leaf tip. As the temperatures drop, the colours of the leaves tend to pinken as is the case in many aloes and other succulents. This aloe species was named after an early plant collector, Alice Pegler.
Afrikaans : Vuurpylaalwyn
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