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Aloe massawana Reynolds

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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; some sources suggest that the name comes from Alloeh, meaning “shining bitter substance”

About plant names...

These originate from Eritrea (Ethiopia), near sea level. The species, massawana, derives from an old locality name, Massawa, in Eritrea.

Identification: Most online sources describe bright red flowers. Leaves occur in rosettes as with other aloes and are green to gray-green, with thorny edges. I was able to find very little information about these.

See the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:

Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site


ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

Wikimedia Commons

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species

Aloe kirkii


Aloe massawana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aloe massawana

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Cali­fornia
≈ 33 × 46" (82 × 117 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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