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Aloe broomii Schönland

Berg alwyn, mountain aloe, snake 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”
SpeciesbroomiiNamed for anthropologist Robert Broom

About plant names...

This aloe is a native of southern Africa, and it is not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: The rosette of spiky, thick leaves that are characteristic of all aloes is on a short stem or on the ground. Leaves reach a height of 1′ (30 cm); if you include the flower spike, the height can reach 5′ (1.5 m). Leaves are green, with reddish brown teeth along the margins. The large flowerhead, up to 5′ (1.5 m) and 2½″ (7 cm) around, is unusual in that the flowers remain entirely covered by bracts, the specialized leaves that form the buds. Only the stamens and stigmas stick out, and those only along a narrow band of the flowerhead at a time. The orange "flowers" aren't flowers at all! See the Aloe comparison table.

Online References:

The South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com




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

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Aloe broomii (berg alwyn, mountain aloe, snake aloe)

The pink flowers are not part of the aloe. · 9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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