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Aloe ballyi

Rat aloe

About the plant

Aloe ballyi is endemic to Kenya and Tanzania, confined in the wild to an area of 500 km² of dense bush.

  • 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
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Poison
    Plant is poisonous to humans
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Facts

  • Grows in dry bushland
  • Threatened by land clearance
  • Named for its collector Peter Bally
  • Planted along the streets of Nairobi
  • Known as rat aloe from the stink of broken leaves
  • One of the few poisonous aloes

Taita Hills, Kenya

A. ballyi is found in the Taita Hills which lie between the east and west zones of Tsavo National Park, in south-east Kenya. These hills have been isolated ecologically for a long period of time, so plants and trees here are unique to this area.


Seed collecting

Trees of A. ballyi were found at the side of the public road linking the two zones of Tsavo National Park. Fruits were collected from a number of trees, yielding enough seeds for a collection to be banked at the National Genebank of Kenya (GBK) and duplicated at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank.

Aloe ballyi is used as a laxative
  • 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
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Poison
    Plant is poisonous to humans
  • Click on icon to reveal more