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The large, colourful flower spikes of the krans aloe appear in the cool winter months of May and June (2) (5). Like other species of aloe, the flowers of the krans aloe produce nectar, attracting sunbirds and bees, which pollinate the plant as they feed (5). While each flower of an Aloe species contains both male and female organs, (the stamens and pistil), it cleverly avoids the possibility of self-fertilisation as the stigma is able to recognise its own pollen, and only accept pollen from other plants (7). The sap-rich leaves of the krans aloe are used as a first aid treatment for burns (6)

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