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Aloe broomii

Aloe broomii Schönland

 

Berg Alwyn, Mountain Aloe, Snake 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
SpeciesbroomiiNamed for anthropologist Robert Broom

About plant names...

This aloe is a native of southern Africa, and it is not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: The rosette of spiky, thick leaves that are characteristic of all aloes is on a short stem or on the ground. Leaves reach a height of 12" (30 cm); if you include the flower spike, the height can reach 5' (1.5 m). Leaves are green, with reddish brown teeth along the margins. The large flowerhead, up to 5' (1.5 m) and 2½" (7 cm) around, is unusual in that the flowers remain entirely covered by bracts, the specialized leaves that form the buds. Only the stamens and stigmas stick out, and those only along a narrow band of the flowerhead at a time. The orange “flowers” aren’t flowers at all! See the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:

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

Aloe broomii at the Living Stones Nursery

Aloe broomii on Succulents.co.za

Aloe broomii from Made-in-Afrika

Aloe broomii on Wikipedia

Aloe broomii on Wikimedia Commons

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

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Aloe broomii (Berg Alwyn, Mountain Aloe, Snake Aloe)

The pink flowers are not part of the aloe. · 9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 21 × 24" (52 × 60 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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