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Aloe suzannae Decary

Suzanne’s aloe, tree 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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Aloe suzannae is native to Madagascar, and not found in the wild in North America. It is a critically endangered species. The few plants in botanical gardens were collected more than 50 years ago; no more are known to exist in the wild.

Identification: These are small trees up to 9½′ (3 m) high, with a trunk up to 8″ (20 cm) around, and rosettes of thick gray-green leaves are up to 3′ (91 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white or cream-colored.

Online References:



ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

Cactus Art: the World of Cacti & Succulents


The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species


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

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Aloe suzannae (Suzanne’s aloe, tree aloe)

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

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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