Photo of Aloes (Aloe): Possible misidentification

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Name: Zuzu
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Jan 9, 2016 5:16 PM CST

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A member is questioning the identity of the plant in this photo and one other photo in the Aloe maculata entry, suggesting that it might be Aloe dinteri or Aloe variegata instead.
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Jan 9, 2016 5:17 PM CST

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Here's the other photo in question.

Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 9, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Hi Zuzu,
When I bought it the label said Aloe Saponaria. When I checked the Catalogue of life I thought it said that it was a synonym for Aloe Maculata. I just checked again, and see it was a synonym for aloe maculata maculata.
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Name: Zuzu
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Jan 9, 2016 8:22 PM CST

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I have to admit that I'm not an Aloe expert, but I did once own an Aloe saponaria (now Aloe maculata subsp. maculata) and it had pronounced "teeth" on the edges of the leaves. Yours doesn't, so the original name you were given seems suspicious to me.

I hope we can get a comment from @Baja_Costero on this.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 9, 2016 8:33 PM CST
Looks like a variegata hybrid maybe (hybrid because of the fine marginal teeth). Definitely not maculata. I had already seen this plant and noticed that it had a suspicious ID, but hesitated to speak up because I couldn't say exactly what to call it. My suggestion would be to move both pictures to the generic aloe listing until that can be worked out.

There are lots of plants out there being called maculata (or saponaria) which in actual fact probably represent a variety of spotted aloes spanning a range of similar plants. Spotted aloes tend to be particularly hard to ID (esp. without a flower), even for experts.
Name: Zuzu
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Jan 9, 2016 8:36 PM CST

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Thank you, Baja. I'll move both of these to the generic Aloe entry if that's okay with you, plantmanager.
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plantmanager
Jan 9, 2016 10:09 PM CST
That's fine with me, Zuzu.
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Jan 9, 2016 10:12 PM CST

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Thanks, Karen. They have been moved.

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