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Aloe alooides (Bolus) Druten

Graskop aloe, grass head 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”

About plant names...

This aloe is a native of northeastern South Africa (Mpumalanga, formerly eastern Transvaal). Ironically, the species alooides means "resembling an aloe." Well, duh, right? Actually this wasn't always thought to be an aloe; it was once called Urginea alooides because it looked like an aloe.

Identification: These aloes have a single stem up to 6½′ (2 m) high, the upper part of which is covered with old dried leaves. Leaves are green, tinged red during droughts. They are wide and so curved that they often curl back to touch the stem. Leaf margins have small teeth. Up to five unbranched, narrow flower spikes occur per plant. Each spike contains yellow flowers up to ⅜″ (1 cm).

See also the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:



JSTOR Plant Science



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

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Aloe alooides (Graskop aloe, grass head aloe)

2/26/2010 · San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Cali­fornia

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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