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.
See the Aloe comparison table.
Aloe massawana on Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site
Aloe massawana on www.wildscreen.org
Aloe massawana on Wikimedia Commons
Aloe massawana on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List of Threatened Species
Aloe massawana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
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2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
≈ 33 × 40" (82 × 100 cm)
Range: Zones 9b-11:
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