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Old Jun 18, 2009, 4:04 PM   #11
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This is an Aloe species, native to Africa. It's a huge genus (400 different species!), lots of them grow naturally in South Africa.

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Old Jun 18, 2009, 5:04 PM   #12
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This is an Aloe species, native to Africa. It's a huge genus (400 different species!), lots of them grow naturally in South Africa.

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Thanks Kjell,
I was about to come to that conclusion myself but, I haven't yet found the exact spices on line so I was hesitating.
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Patty,
I'm sorry, I went out last evening to see if I could get a better close up shot but, the storm had striped the blooms.
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here's what he grows
Euphorbia
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i'm surprised our resident dr. hasn't posted a reply..
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i'm surprised our resident dr. hasn't posted a reply..
I didn't want to quash the discussion - I prefer to see others participate when they can. Besides I don't have much to contribute this time, except maybe to confuse the issue further. Kjell, of course, is correct, as he usually is. Agaves and Aloes are not usually considered succulents, although their leaves have high moisture content and can be described as being succulent (does that make sense?) - they are more closely related to lilies. The term "succulent" is not an exact one, referring as a noun to a group of plants grown by collectors in hothouses or thematic gardens, or as an adjective describing a characteristic of a plant or a part of a plant.

Roy, Euphorbs are plants with often toxic milky sap (like the Poinsettia), many Old World species of which look like cacti and inhabit desert-like habitats (cacti are strictly New World, and similar Euphorbs replace them in the Old World). Some are succulent and some are not. It is a large, widespread group, and all are not cactus-like.

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Actually Pen, I think you contributed quit a bit, in fact my head's starting to hurt!
I didn't know about the Poinsettia classification either.
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Actually Pen, I think you contributed quit a bit, in fact my head's starting to hurt!
I didn't know about the Poinsettia classification either.
hey doc.. thanks for an excellent post.
you're always pretty terse..
since i do woodwork i was was doing a search one time for ''Rosewood''.. i found that rosewood has nothing in common with 'roses'..
and that it's in the legume family.. some of those rosewoods can put you in the hospital or even kill you.. bad story....!
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Patty,
I'm sorry, I went out last evening to see if I could get a better close up shot but, the storm had striped the blooms.
GW - no problem. I can certainly understand the storms. We've had so much rain up here lately with much more in the coming days. Even the weather guy tonight said he should stop talking because nobody was listening to him anyway.

The other photo is enough to show me what I was trying to see.

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