Melanges Philos. Math. Soc. Roy. Turin 5: 65 (1774) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|