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Aloe suprafoliata

Aloe suprafoliata Pole Evans

 

Boekaalwyn, Book 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
Speciessuprafoliata“On top of each other,” in this case, like the pages of a book

About plant names...

This aloe originates from the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and from neighboring Swaziland. It is not found in the wild in North America. The Afrikaans common name, boekaalwyn, refers to the way the leaves in young specimens (<5 years old) are stacked on each other like the pages of a book.

Aloe suprafoliata (Boekaalwyn, Book Aloe)

An “open book.” By Stan Shebs.

Identification: This aloe is stemless or short-stemmed, with bluish-green to bluish-gray leaves that are less than 8" (20 cm) high. Individual leaves are 10-16" (25-40 cm) × 1¾-2½" (5-7 cm). Between two and six flowering spikes are topped with racemes 24-79" (60-200 cm) tall. Flowers are brilliant pink, 1¼-1¾" (3.3-5 cm) long, appearing in May to July.

Aloe suprafoliata (Boekaalwyn, Book Aloe)

By David Midgley.

Online References:

Aloe suprafoliata on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe suprafoliata on Succulents.co.za

Aloe suprafoliata on www.cycadpalm.com

Aloe suprafoliata on JSTOR Plant Science

Aloe suprafoliata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 28 Aug 2013.

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Aloe suprafoliata (Boekaalwyn, Book Aloe)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 21 × 31" (52 × 78 cm)

Aloe suprafoliata (Boekaalwyn, Book Aloe)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Aloe suprafoliata (Boekaalwyn, Book Aloe)

4/11/1979 · Huntington Library Cactus Gardens, San Marino, CA ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 9-10:

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