Aloe succotrina Lam.
Aloe, fynbos aloe
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Liliidae||Includes lilies, orchids, and many others|
|Order||Asparagales||A diverse group that includes asparagus|
|Family||Xanthorrhoeaceae||Aloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others|
|Genus||Aloe||Means “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...
This aloe is found in mountainous areas of South Africa: in parts of Cape Town and the southwestern corner
of Western Cape, South Africa. It is
not found in the wild in North America. It has the distinction of being the first aloe introduced to Europe,
where it arrived in 1689.
Identification: Plants reach 3-5' (1-1.5 m) in height. Like other
aloes, their leaves form rosettes. Leaves are ascending, curved, shaped like the keel of a boat
in cross section, tapering to a point, with sharp white bumps along the edges. They are about 20" (50 cm) ×
4" (10 cm) in size.
Flowers appear in a tall raceme up to 14" (35 cm) high. Each flower is tubular in shape, nodding,
up to 1½" (4 cm)
and red to orange in color. They appear in the winter.
The South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com
Henriette’s Herbal Homepage
Aloe succotrina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
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