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Aloe rauhii Reynolds

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

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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:



Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site


Wikimedia Commons

Guillauminia rauhii (Reynolds) P.V.Heath


Aloe rauhii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Aloe rauhii (snowflake aloe)

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

Range: Zones 10-11:

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