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Aloe divaricata var. divaricata

Aloe divaricata var. divaricata A. Berger

Aloe sahundra

Aloe vahontsohy

Aloe vaotsohy

Vaotsohy, 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
SpeciesdivaricataSpreading out, growing in a straggly manner
var.divaricataSpreading out, growing in a straggly manner

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This aloe originates in southwestern Madagascar.

Identification: 6½-9½' (2-3 m) high, rarely up to 20' (6 m). May have some branches. Dead leaves cover a portion of the trunk(s). Leaf rosettes contain about 30 bluish-green leaves, each up to 26" (65 cm) × 2½" (7 cm). Leaf edges have reddish brown teeth. Flower stalks heavily branched, each 6-8" (15-20 cm) long. Scarlet or pale pink.

See the Aloe comparison table.

Aloe divaricata (Vaotsohy, Aloe)

Photo by Axel Strauß.

Online References:

Aloe divaricata var. divaricata on JSTOR Plant Science

Aloe divaricata var. divaricata on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe divaricata var. divaricata on PROTA4U

Aloe divaricata var. divaricata on www.aloes.wz.cz

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

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Aloe divaricata (Vaotsohy, Aloe)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 4 × 6' (1.2 × 1.8 m) ID is uncertain

Aloe divaricata (Vaotsohy, Aloe)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 4 × 3½' (1.3 × 1 m)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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