Garden Aloes

Arabian Peninsula Aloes

Here is a list of 7 Arabian Peninsula Aloes that grow in one or more of the following places: yemen, saudi arabia

Aloe lavranosii

Aloe lavranosii is a native of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. read more

Aloe pseudorubroviolacea

This aloe is restricted to high mountains and cliff faces between 6000 to 7000 feet in elevation that overlook the coastal plain of the Red Sea in provinces of Saudi Arabia. It was first described by John Lavranos & I.S. (Sheila) Collenette in 2000 in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Journal. This species is related to 3 others from Arabia or Eritrea which have similar inflorescences: A. porphyrostachys (stemless), A. rubroviolacea (smaller, more prolific), and A. schoelleri (yellow to pinkish orange flowers). read more

Aloe rivierei

Native to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, where it grows primarily on rocky cliffs and slopes. It was described along with Aloe fleurentiniorum in the Cactus & Succulent Journal in 1969. read more

Aloe rubroviolacea

This aloe comes from steep and rocky areas above 7,000 feet elevation in the mountains of Yemen and Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. read more

Aloe sabaea

This unusual plant comes from remote areas of Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia where it grows at an intermediate elevation in stony barren soils. The plant's name 'sabaea' comes from the Roman name for Arabia Felix, the area we now call Yemen and was also called Sheba in the King James version of the bible. This plant was described and named by Georg Agustus Schweinfurth in 1894. Schweinfurth was a German botanist and ethnologist who travelled throughout East Central Africa and the Saudi Arabian peninsula. He found it during his travels growing in sunny, stony, barren soils. read more

Aloe tomentosa

Aloe tomentosa is actually only found in the mountains of Yemen and is probably hardier than most would assume since it grows above 7,000 feet. This aloe gets its name from its unique greenish-white flowers that are covered in thick wool. The unusual woolly flowers are also shared in Africa by Aloe molederana and in Saudi Arabia by either Aloe parvicapsula or Aloe woodii. Aloe tomentosa sometimes grows together with Aloe vacillans and when crossed creates the hybrid Aloe x menachensis. The plants found in Africa belong to Aloe molederana and those found in Saudi Arabia are either Aloe parvicapsula or Aloe woodii. The only truly shared trait in any of these plants are the woolly flowers. read more

Aloe vacillans

Aloe vacillans is a stemless, suckering aloe from Saudi Arabia. The specific epithet vacillans comes from the Latin and means 'back and forth'. Described during Forsskal's 18th century explorations. Found in southwestern Saudi Arabia and Yemen at 4300-9800 feet. It is widely distributed, usually on rocky substrates. This species has absorbed the former A. dhalensis and A. audhalica, both described in 1965. No specimen survived the original exploration, and a subsequent collection over a hundred years later was incomplete, explaining the relative obscurity of the original A. vacillans at the time these other species were described. There are several varieties and at one time, they were individualized as species, but have since been lumped under A. vacillans. Here are the original 3 varieties based on flower color and habit: Aloe vacillans v. audhalica: Has short pinkish red flowers. Aloe vacillans v. dhalensis: Has short yellow flowers. Aloe vavillans v. vacillans: Has tall yellow flowers. read more

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