|Coral Aloes in flower|
It is found on rocky slopes in coastal and karoo areas.
The Coral aloe's species name, "striata", means "stripes", and refers to the long lines (sometimes very faint) on its blue-green leaves. The leaves of this Aloe are not toothed, but have a smooth pink margin.
Due to the similarity of their species names, Aloe striata is sometimes confused in literature with Aloiampelos striatula (syn. Aloe striatula, hardy aloe) — a very different plant, found in the highlands of the Eastern Cape.
This species is often confused with its close relative, Aloe reynoldsii, and they do look very similar. However the Coral aloe has smooth leaf margins and red flowers; while Aloe reynoldsii has waxy, toothed leaf margins and yellow flowers.
- Aloe striata x maculata (synonym Aloe saponaria) — a hybrid between Aloe striata and Aloe maculata, is a popular garden plant.
- Aloe striata ssp. karasbergensis — Karasburg Coral Aloe, also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Aloe striata subsp. karasbergensis.
- "Aloe striata Haw. subsp. striata Haw. [family ALOACEAE]". Ithaka Harbors, Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- Aloe striata - Info page at Plantzafrica
- Succulents.co.za: Aloe reynoldsii
- Reynolds, G.W. 1950. The aloes of Southern Africa. Balkema, Cape Town.
- San Marcos Growers Horticulture Database: Aloe striata − Coral Aloe
- San Marcos Growers Horticulture Database: Aloe striata x maculata
- San Marcos Growers Horticulture Database: Aloe striata ssp. karasbergensis − Karasburg Coral Aloe
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