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Cacti and Succulents: Mystery Aloes

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Ravens444
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2013
3:09 PM

Post #9377453

Mystery Aloes. Anyone recognize these aloes? I don't even remember planting them.
Now they are getting large! They are both about three feet across.
Once again.. Thanks for looking!
Robin

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 7, 2013
8:04 PM

Post #9378723

aloe in right photo is Aloe maculata x striata. No idea what the other one is... could be another hybrid
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2013
9:43 AM

Post #9379083



This message was edited Jan 8, 2013 8:12 PM
Ravens444
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 9, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9380582

That's interesting. I have both striata and maculata in the front yard...

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 10, 2013
9:06 AM

Post #9380948

perhaps it too is the same hybrid, only with the female and male being of the opposite species as the other hybrid? Different phenotypic characteristics of the same mix of genes maybe.
Ravens444
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 10, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9381561

It just funny because these two are not even close. They are in the backyard...50 feet away from each other?
Ravens444
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 10, 2013
6:56 PM

Post #9381563

Thank you!
mcvansoest
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 10, 2013
8:31 PM

Post #9381638

Since we are on the subject of mystery Aloes, does anyone want to have a go at identifying this one? It looks like it has a lot of the characteristics of A. chabaudii, in terms of the flowers and the darkening of the leaves in the Fall/Winter, but of course A. chabaudii is not spotted/speckled and has somewhat larger teeth. I have not been able to find a matching speckled/spotted Aloe, so am suspecting some kind of hybrid, but I mostly have literature for the southern African Aloes, not the central and eastern ones, so I guess I have not exhausted the options that it is a true species. It has been a prolific bloomer, sometimes it has two to three generations of flowers over the winter/spring. This year it started blooming late November which is incredibly early (previous earliest pictures with blooms were late January/early February).
I got it in the winter of 2007 and it has steadily grown from 1 rosette to a nice clump of multiple rosettes with many different flower stalks and it has survived any freezes during that time quite well.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 11, 2013
6:15 AM

Post #9381838

looks a bit like Aloe macrosiphon but there are a few other spotted species that I am less familiar with that this could fit as well.
mcvansoest
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2013
7:03 AM

Post #9381874

Thanks Palmbob. After seeing all the other articles you wrote for DG on Aloes I should have searched for Spotted Aloes to get to the article you wrote on them. I looked at A. macrosiphon, indeed looks like it captures the leaves and coloration of the plant quite well, but the flowers are definitely a little different, the individual flowers stand off from the stalk more than those of A. macrosiphon, so maybe some form of hybrid.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 11, 2013
10:52 AM

Post #9382062

maybe, but remember there is variation in all species, sometimes extreme (different colored flowers, different branching... even different times of the year)
mcvansoest
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2013
7:25 PM

Post #9382428

Yeah that is true. I will tentatively add that to the name and keep my eyes out for any supporting evidence.
Ravens444
Mission Viejo, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2013
5:45 PM

Post #9390604

Could the first be Aloe swynnertonii?

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 20, 2013
7:57 PM

Post #9391846

could be... but frankly that species looks the same as a dozen other spotted aloes, all which only the flowers separate them (and barely).

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