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Aloe greatheadii var. davyana (Schonl.) H.F. Glen & D.S. Hardy

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; some sources suggest that the name comes from Alloeh, meaning “shining bitter substance”

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Aloe greatheadii var. davyana is native to the northern provinces of South Africa, including the Free State and northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, and it is very common in Gauteng. The species, greatheadii, is named for Dr. J. B. Greathead, who collected it.

Identification: Rosettes are up to 18" (45 cm) wide, and do not have a stem. Leaves are up to 9" (22 cm) long, green to deep ruby red, flecked with oval gray patches, triangular to lance-shaped. Flower stalks have up to 6 branches, up to 20' (6 m) high. See desert-tropicals.com. Flowers are pale pink to red.

See the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana on EcoPort

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana on Tim Peatling’s Professional Gallery

Aloe greatheadii on www.aloes.wz.cz

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Aloe greatheadii var. davyana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aloe greatheadii

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Cali­fornia
≈ 3 × 2' (94 × 62 cm)

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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