A new species of Aloe L., Aloe sharoniae N.R.Crouch & Gideon F.Sm., is recognised from northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Swaziland. This taxon was previously known as A. cooperi Baker subsp. pulchra Glen & D.S.Hardy but is here elevated to the rank of species. From A. cooperi Baker it differs in having leaves that are consistently devoid of teeth in the upper 2/3 of its leaf margins and basally covered below with white, tuberculate maculations. These leaves are further always strongly keeled and arranged distichously. Plants typically present both fewer leaves, and fewer flowers per inflorescence than typical A. cooperi.
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Vol. 2011 • No. 29