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Aloe barberae

Aloe barberae Dyer

Aloe bainesii Dyer var. barberae (Dyer) Baker

Large Tree Aloe

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyXanthorrhoeaceaeAloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others
GenusAloeMeans “goddess” in ancient Sanskrit, for its reputed use as a beauty aid
Speciesbarberae

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This is Africa’s largest aloe, a beautiful and unmistakable tree. It is found in the eastern regions of southern Africa: Mozambique, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Its species name, barberae, is for Mary Elizabeth Barber, a plant collector who sent specimens of the plant to the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

Identification: Trees are up to 49' (15 m) high and 35" (90 cm) in diameter. Eventually the tree forms a rounded crown, with leaves grouped in dense rosettes up to 5' (1.5 m) in diameter. Leaves are dark green, roughly triangular in cross section but deeply channeled. The racemes (flowerheads) are conical, up to 24" (60 cm) long. Individual flowers are 1-1¼" (3-3.7 cm) long, and pale yellow, orange-yellow, or salmon-pink; tipped with green.

Online References:

Aloe barberae on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com

Aloe barberae at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

Aloe barberae on Wikipedia

Aloe barberae on Succulents.co.za

Aloe barberae on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe barberae on Flora of Mozambique

Aloe barberae description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Aloe barberae (Large Tree Aloe)

5/14/2016 · Epworth School, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa · By Benjamin Winslow ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 9-11:

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