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It is a very attractive variety having bluish-green leaves with red marginal spines. It is not easy in cultivation.
Origin and Habitat: Antananarivo (Madagascar)
Habitat: Quartzite mountains. 1600 to 2200 mt elevation.
Aloe laeta A.Berger
Pflanzenr. (Engler) Liliac.-Asphodel.-Aloin. 256 (1908)
Aloe laeta var. maniaensis H.Perrier
Description: Very attractive slow growing stemless plant.
Rosette: Stout, usually simple, compact 20 to 40 cm in diameter.
Leaves: 15-23 cm long, 7-9 cm wide, upright rounded at the base and apex, waxy, glaucous bluish-green with red marginal spines. Leaf teeth adpressed, horny, 2 mm. long.
Infloerscence: Usually simple or branched that rises from the centre of the crown 30 to 45 cm high Flowers: 15-30, coral-red.
Remarks: Aloe laeta is one of the few self-fertile species in the genus; viable seed can therefore be obtained without crossed pollination.
Cultivation and Propagation: It is not easy in cultivation.
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