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Common name

English: Soap Aloe, Zebra Aloe

German: Seifen-Aloe


Kingdom: Plantae (2669)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2583)

    Class: Liliopsida (393)

      Order: Asparagales (46)

        Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae (15)(family description)

          Genus: Aloe (12)

            Epithet: maculata All. (4)

Synonyms: Aloe commutata Tod., Aloe gasterioides Baker, Aloe grahamii Schönland, Aloe latifolia (Haw.) Haw., Aloe leptophylla N.E.Br. ex Baker, Aloe macracantha Baker, Aloe maculosa Lam., Aloe obscura Mill., Aloe picta Thunb., Aloe saponaria (Aiton) Haw., Aloe spuria A.Berger, Aloe trichotoma Colla, Aloe umbellata DC.

commutata => changed, altered

gasterioides => resembling representatives of the genus Gasteria

latifolia => with broad leaves

leptophylla => fine or slender leaves

maculata => spotted, stained or blotched

maculosa => spotted

obscura => dark, black or indistinct

picta => painted or embroidered

saponaria => refers to a soaplike substance called saponin

spuria => false, doubtful

trichotoma => divided in three parts

umbellata => having the inflorescence in umbels or umbrella form


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: xerophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: orange

External links

Check for Aloe maculata at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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