Aloe massawana Reynolds
Kingdom Plantae Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms
Class Liliopsida Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
Subclass Liliidae Includes lilies, orchids, and many others
Order Asparagales A diverse group that includes asparagus
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae Aloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others
Genus Aloe Means “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”
About plant names...
These originate from Eritrea (Ethiopia), near sea level. The species,
massawana, derives from an old locality name,
Massawa, in Eritrea.
Identification: Most online sources describe bright red flowers.
Leaves occur in rosettes as with other aloes and are green to gray-green, with thorny edges. I was able
to find very little information about these.
comparison table. Aloe Online References:
Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
ARKive: Images of Life on Earth
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species Older scientific or horticultural names
Aloe massawana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
≈ 33 × 46" (82 × 117 cm)
Range: Zones 9b-11:
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