Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

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Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby Chris L » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:58 pm

My nephew is learning about WW2 at school and he asked if we had any pictures from then. We managed to find a few, including this one which shows my Grandad (on the right) stood next to what looks like a large Aloe.

I am obviously not expecting anyone to say what species it is, but is it indeed an Aloe? It looks like one to me. Either that or it is a Yucca, perhaps.

This picture will have been taken in either South Africa, Madagascar, India or Burma.

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Re: Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby iann » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:19 pm

Looks more like an Aloe than a Yucca.
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Re: Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby esp » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:43 pm

It looks like Aloe ferox
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Re: Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby Chris L » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:22 pm

Thanks (tu) (tu)

Does that pin the location of the photo to South Africa or Madagascar then?

I've looked at that photo dozens of times and only today did I notice what the plant was. :oops:
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Re: Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby Aiko » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:30 pm

Too bad they chopped one down...

Could also be an Aloe marlothii, by the way. But definately an Aloe.
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Re: Aloe[?] ID (from WW2 - old picture)

Postby RICHAUD » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:36 am

the spikes of marlothii are + or - horizontal and on the photos they are dressed :ferox (tu)

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