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Aloe divaricata var. divaricata A. Berger

Vaotsohy, 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”
SpeciesdivaricataSpreading out, growing in a straggly manner
var.divaricataSpreading out, growing in a straggly manner

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This aloe originates in southwestern Madagascar.

Identification: 6½-9½′ (2-3 m) high, rarely up to 20′ (6 m). May have some branches. Dead leaves cover a portion of the trunk(s). Leaf rosettes contain about 30 bluish-green leaves, each up to 2′ (65 cm) × 2½″ (7 cm). Leaf edges have reddish brown teeth. Flower stalks heavily branched, each 6-8″ (15-20 cm) long. Scarlet or pale pink.

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Aloe divaricata (vaotsohy, aloe)

Photo by Axel Strauß.

Online References:

JSTOR Plant Science




Aloe divaricata

Aloe sahundra

Aloe vahontsohy

Aloe vaotsohy


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

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Aloe divaricata (vaotsohy, aloe)

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

Aloe divaricata (vaotsohy, aloe)

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

Range: Zones 9b-11:

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