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aloe microstigma

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:48 pm
by fero
First thanks to Tony and Stuart for the aloe identification in the main CS section.
I mentioned that I had a red aloe, it was this aloe microstigma that wasn't quite as red as I remembered, it was definitely much more colourful last autumn. In habitat they look amazing.

Re: aloe microstigma

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:11 pm
by Tony R
fero wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:48 pm
.... In habitat they look amazing.
Your plant is still very nice, fero but yes, in habitat they are amazing. Here is a photo of a small A. microstigma I took in the Western Cape SA some years ago.

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Re: aloe microstigma

Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:42 pm
by fero
:eek: that is quite something. Even looking at a photo of it is more like a fire ball than a plant. It must have been amazing to be standing right in front of it.
Now I just need to plant mine in a nice sunny spot with a dudleya britonii, and it'll send my eyes all funny.
The redening of the aloe must protect it in some way. maybe partly ( just a guess) similar to coloured photo lenses blocking out certain wavelengths of light.
It is truly amazing how these plants can survive and all the adaptations that they have. So much to learn.
Maybe one day I will get to visit, fingers crossed

Re: aloe microstigma

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:13 am
by Herts Mike
That is some picture Tony!