Aloe jacksonii Reynolds

Garden: Balchik
Season: Winter

Aloe jacksonii is a very attractive, dwarfgrowing species. It has short, erect or procumbent stems up to 20cm long which branch freely from the base forming clumps that can be up to 50cm or more across. Its leaves are spotted, narrowly tapering with a rough spotted surface and short teeth on the margins. Its species was named in 1955 by G.W. Reynolds for Major T.H.E. Jackson, who discovered it at El Kerré in the Ogaden Province of Ethiopia in 1943 whilst stationed there during the Second World War. Major Jackson wrote that “El Kerré is a strange rock outcrop with precipitous sides, and the station was built below the precipice. Тhere is a steep path winding up a clife, and the aloes were found along the edge at the top” (Reynolds, 1955). However, when Maurizio Dioli revisited El Kerré in 2000, he was unable to locate A. jacksonii but instead found another species which he described in 2007 as Aloe elkerriana (Dioli & McCoy, 2007)