flowers seem to vary on this tree from corn-cob shaped to conical. Here's a variation
New years look of this unusual flower variety
Plant has grown in this new location for nearly a year. It is growing in mid-september.
Flowering in San Diego County 11-06-2006. Aloe dichotoma flowering at same time. Aloe bainesii not budded yet. bob:>)
Flowering in San Diego County 11-06-2006. Somewhat more compact than typical Aloe bainesii flower, color a bit more yellowish too. bob:>)
Trunk of mature flowering specimen of A. medusa is a small version of its sister A. barberae (bainesii).
While many aspects of A. medusa are small versions of the larger sister A. barberae (bainesii), the flower is quite different, flowering is much earlier and propotionally larger than its sister.
image captured into the sunset is a silouette of Medusas flowers. 11-27-07
Silouette of flower 11-27-07
older plants for sale in southern California nursery in full flower, January
early flower formation with a probably mild case of Aloe mite as well, October, southern California
my own young plant flowering in December, southern California
Huntington Gardens plant flowering in October, southern California
another Huntington Gardens plant just starting to form flowers mid October
old potted plant in nursery, southern California, starting to bloom in fall
My plant,Hayward Ca.
Huntington Gardens late fall, southern California
December, southern California
the tall flower stalks are very atypical of Aloe barberae, making this even more unlikely to must be a form of that species.
grown from a 2' cutting to 12' tall in just 4 years, southern California
flower early December in my garden.. showing obvious aloe mite damage.. .this is one of the more sensitive aloes to aloe mite and one of about a half dozen that nearly always gets infected every winte
Huntington Gardens, California December
Its been a very dry winter. Brings out the color in the leaves. Hayward Ca.
Best bloom yet.
Blooms age from yellow in forming, to firey orange.