Aloe spicata

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Aloe spicata Baker

Aloaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: not specified
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: not specified

Division: simple

Shape: tubular
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

 

Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Asparagales
Subordo:
Aloineae

Aloe spicata is a tree.

Naming

Aloe spicata was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1782. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Aloe spicata is a species in the genus Aloe which contains approximately 535 to 609 species and belongs to the family of the Aloaceae (Aloe Family).

Characteristics

Aloe spicata - inflorescence

Growth

The trees reach heights of 30 to 60 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Aloe spicata is evergreen. The leaves are simple and light-green.

Flowers and Fruits

Aloe spicata produces tubular flowers.

The trees produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Aloe spicata is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. It is a protected species according to the Washington Convention.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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