Photo of Aloes (Aloe): ID question

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Oct 22, 2016 8:45 PM CST
This plant is not Aloe vera, which is an unspotted plant (when mature) which makes yellow flowers. Unfortunately I can't say what it could be (of the 500+ aloe species and their hybrids), so I would like to propose moving the image to the generic Aloe listing on this page for now.

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Please let me know what you think. Thank you.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 28, 2016 7:34 PM CST
@piksihk Betsy, let us know if you need help with moving your photo over to the general Aloe entry.

@Baja_Costero, I'm not familiar with Aloes at all but I see there are quite few photos at the entry for Aloe Vera (Aloe vera) that seem to have spots or markings and I'm thinking they should probably be moved to the general entry too.

Betsy's plant looks just like one I've had for years. I was originally told that my plant was Aloe maculata but a year or so ago someone here said it'd definitely NOT A. maculata so my photos were moved to the general database entry.
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piksihk
Oct 29, 2016 11:00 AM CST
Lin,
I need help to move photo - I tried to find parent aloe but couldn't find it Confused
So would you please help, thanks.


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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Oct 29, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I am happy to take care of this. It should be moved as soon as a moderator approves my proposal.

Lin, regarding spotted plants on the Aloe vera page... "true" Aloe vera does have a few spots on its leaves when young (a feature of the juvenile form) but once it grows up, it mostly loses them. I have combed through the photos on that page and already moved about a dozen maybe which did not match the species. The story is complicated by the existence of a slightly smaller plant previously called Aloe vera chinensis, a different medicinal aloe (now called Aloe officinalis) with spots and orange/coral flowers, as well as the general misconception among novice aloe gardeners that any aloe can be Aloe vera (not considering the 500+ other species and their hybrids).

To be honest the ID of spotted aloes is a messy business and something I generally try to avoid. A lot of them fit under Aloe maculata (saponaria) but you usually need a flower to find a good match and even there, it's not straightforward. Your plant is quite similar and the flowers are pretty, but I'm afraid I can't help pin down a name beyond the genus.
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