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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Soap Aloe

Afrikaans name: Bontaalwyn

The flowers of the Soap Aloe

Photo © Steven Herbert

Aloe maculata

The Soap Aloe is also known as the Common Soap Aloe. It gets its name from the soapy lather that forms when its sap is mixed with water.

Apparently this aloe has a number of medicinal purposes and its leaves may be eaten.

It grows up to a metre in height and is often found in colonies.

The leaves of the Soap Aloe

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 101

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 250

What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 5

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