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Aloe maculata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: AsphodelaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub [tree], fleshy or not, rhizomed. Stem: branched or not. Leaf: basal or +- so or in terminal clusters, alternate, linear to widely lanceolate [ovate], small (1.5--27 cm, 0.5--3 mm wide) [to large (1.9--4 m, 3--6 cm wide)], leathery or not, fleshy or not, entire or with minute sharp teeth or coarse prickles. Inflorescence: panicle [spike, raceme], bracts scattered. Flower: perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, radial or +- bilateral, free or +- fused; stamens 6, equal or not, anthers attached at base or middle; ovary superior, chambers 3. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: 6--many, flat, angled, or winged, gray, brown, +- black, black-brown.
Genera In Family: +- 17 genera, 800 species: Africa, Mediterranean to central Asia.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AloeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, shrub [tree], fleshy, sap bitter. Stem: branched or not. Leaf: basal and cauline, reduced upward, simple, base clasping, margin with coarse prickles [entire]. Inflorescence: generally axillary, generally +- scapose, [spike] raceme or panicle with many raceme-like branches, bracted. Flower: generally nodding, odor 0; perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, fused except near tip [+- to base]; stamens [3 or]6, unequal; ovary superior, chambers 3, style slender. Seed: many, flat, generally winged.
Species In Genus: +- 300 species: Mediterranean Europe, southern Asia, especially Africa. Etymology: (Arabic name for these plants) Note: Aloe striatula Haw. may be naturalizing locally in SnFrB (Berkeley Hills).

Aloe maculata All.
Habit: Erect, densely clumped. Stem: 0--0.2 m, simple or branched. Leaf: 1--3 dm, 5--12 cm wide, lanceolate to ovate, adaxially pale to dark green with white spots, abaxially green. Inflorescence: branches 0 or 2--5, raceme-like, 20--65-flowered, 10--30 cm, dense. Flower: perianth 25--40 mm, 2--10 mm wide, constricted above ovary, orange-red to pink; stamens unequal, outer 25--30 mm, inner 30--35 mm, anthers 4--5 mm. Fruit: 20--35 mm, 8--16 mm wide, oblong, red-brown. Seed: +- 2 mm.
Ecology: Coastal bluffs; Elevation: < 100 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo (Point Conception); Distribution Outside California: widely naturalized; native to South Africa. Flowering Time: Apr
Synonyms: Aloe saponaria (Aiton) Haw., poss. illeg.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
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Citation for this treatment: Dale W. McNeal 2017. Aloe maculata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 26, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 26, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Aloe maculata:
CCo (Point Conception);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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