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Aloe confusa

Aloe confusa Engl.

 

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
SpeciesconfusaUncertain, might be taken for another species

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This aloe is native to parts of Kenya and Tanzania, at elevations between 2953-3281' (900-1000 m).

Identification: Stems are branched, and the branches are interwoven with the main stem. Leaves are 7-8" (17-20 cm) long and less than 1" (2.5 cm) wide. Teeth are small and widely spaced. Racemes (flowerheads) are 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) long.

Online References:

Aloe confusa on SucculentGuide.com

Aloe confusa on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe confusa on JSTOR Plant Science

Aloe confusa

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 12 × 17" (29 × 44 cm)

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

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Aloe confusa

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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