Aloe maculata All.

Melanges Philos. Math. Soc. Roy. Turin 5: 65 (1774) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Plants stemless, or usually short-stemmed, freely suckering, forming dense groups. Leaves 12–20 in a dense rosette, spreading to recurved, broadly lanceolate, 13–50 cm long, 5–12 cm wide; pale green with numerous white spots, fewer spots on lower surface; margins toothed. Inflorescence simple or branched, 40–150 cm tall with condensed capitate racemes, 8–10 cm long. Bracts deltoid, to 27 mm long. Flowers spreading to pendulous, cylindrical-triquetrous; perianth segments orange-pink, 35–45 mm long, united for part of their length; anthers exserted 1–5 mm; style exserted 3–5 mm. 

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *OtP, *VVP, *Wim. Native to southern Africa, widely cultivated, naturalised in Victoria.

The sap from this species was reportedly used as soap and poultice to treat cuts and abrasions.

A variable species. Known as the soap aloe, it was first called Aloe saponaria by Haworth (1804) until the name A. maculata was found to have priority.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-11-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2015-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asphodelaceae
genus Aloe
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aloe maculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aloe maculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales