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Aloe rauhii

 

Snowflake 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
SpeciesrauhiiNamed for German botanist Werner Rauh

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This aloe originates in southwestern Madagascar; it does not grow naturally anywhere else.

Identification: Plants are less than 6" (15 cm) high, except for a tall flowering spike up to 3' (1 m) high. Leaf rosettes are about 5" (12 cm) in diameter. Leaves have characteristic elongated white oval spots which are the source of the common name ”snowflake aloe.” Green and white leaves become a purplish orange color in full sunlight.

Aloe rauhii (Snowflake Aloe)

Photo by KENPEI.

Online References:

Aloe rauhii on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe rauhii on BackyardGardener.com

Aloe rauhii on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site

Aloe rauhii on Wikipedia

Aloe rauhii on Wikimedia Commons

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

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Aloe rauhii (Snowflake Aloe)

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

Range: Zones 10-11:

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