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Aloe excelsa var. excelsa

 

Zimbabwe Aloe

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
Speciesexcelsa
var.excelsa

About plant names...

The species excelsus means “tall” or “high.” This aloe is native to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and northwestern South Africa, at elevations of 1476-5249' (450-1600 m). It is not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: These aloes appear atop trunks 9½-20' (3-6 m) tall. Dead leaves cover all but the bottom of the trunk. Dark green leaves at the top can reach 3' (1 m) in length and up to 1" (3 cm) in thickness. Flowers are tall spikes, in groups of 10-15, that are dark red or red-orange. Flowering is July-September.

See the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:

Aloe excelsa var. excelsa in Flora of Zimbabwe

Aloe excelsa var. excelsa on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe excelsa var. excelsa on Wikipedia

Aloe excelsa var. excelsa on the Red List of South African Plants

Aloe excelsa (Zimbabwe Aloe)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

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

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Aloe excelsa (Zimbabwe Aloe)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Aloe excelsa (Zimbabwe Aloe)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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