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Aloe jucunda

Aloe jucunda

About the plant

You may be familiar with Aloe jucunda, it’s a popular house plant that’s easy to care for. But in its native range – the very harsh environment on the upper slopes of the Ga’an Libah Plateau in northern Somalia – it is at risk of extinction.

  • Critically endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
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Facts

  • Native to Somalia
  • Natural habitat is limestone forest
  • Of great conservation concern
  • Good ornamental succulent for home cultivation

A plant of immortality

Aloe jucunda has been used in its native range to treat wounds and burns as well as digestive problems and as a diuretic.

The Egyptians called aloe plants ‘plants of immortality’ because of their many different types of uses.


Ga'an Libah

Ga’an Libah is a comparatively lush region of Somalia with diverse wildlife including kudu, hyena, gazelles, baboons and leopard. High on an escarpment, Ga’an Libah receives more rainfall than most of the country and many parts are thick with trees.


Threats

The limestone forest habitat of A.jucunda has been all but obliterated by intensive livestock grazing, wood-cutting and charcoal burning. Somalia does not have any protected areas so its habitat continues to be under threat.

Aloes' succulent leaves are about 95% water
  • Critically endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • House plant
    Plant makes a good indoor plant in the UK
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Click on icon to reveal more