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Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha

Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha Baker

Aloe magnidentata

 

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
Speciesmegalacantha“Black thorn”
var.megalacantha“Black thorn”

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These aloes are native to Ethiopia (Harar Province), and Somalia.

Identification: This species occurs in groups and is 20-39" (50-100 cm) in height. Leaves occur on the upper portion of the stem, in group of 24 or more. Leaves are 24-31" (60-80 cm) × 5-6" (13-15 cm), curving back on themselves. They are glossy green and deeply furrowed, with hard pink edges and reddish brown teeth that are ~³/₁₆" (5-6 mm) long. The flowering stalks are heavily branched, about 3' (1 m) tall, supporting cone-like flowerheads with red or yellow flowers.

See the Aloe comparison table.

Aloe megalacantha

Photo by BotBln, from the Botanical Gardens Berlin-Dahlem.

Online References:

Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha on JSTOR Plant Science

Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha on ZipcodeZoo.com

Aloe megalacantha var. megalacantha description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Aloe megalacantha

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 13 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Aloe megalacantha

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 21 × 22" (54 × 55 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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