Aloe ID please

borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)February 8, 2006

This came out of a private collection. A guy working the sale said he thought it was "Walmsley's Green". I have heard of and even own "Walmsley's Blue", but had never heard of the green. Any suggestions on this would be welcomed.

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rpw53(south Florida)

Looks more like an agave...
Are you sure that is an aloe?
Peyton

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 7:48AM
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borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)

I had the same question when purchased. I was assured by two knowledgeable succulent folks it is an aloe. Maybe I'll post it again and see if anyone thinks it's an agave.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 9:36AM
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patrick_in_fb(Zone 9 So. Calif.)

Without seeing the plant in person, I have to agree with Peyton - sure looks like an agave. Stiff black terminal spine, recurved spines along leaf margins... both say "agave" to me. The third & final clue would be to break off a leaf - fibrous=agave, gelatinous=aloe.

It appears to me to be a pot full of rooted bulbils of a medium-sized agave. At this juvenile stage, it's difficult to say which species.

This is just MHO, of course. And I've never heard of "Walmsley's Green" anything.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 10:05AM
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cactusdan19(z5b NE)

I need to throw my hat in the ring, Agave. Definitely check a leaf as Patrick suggested, but I think you find it to be fibrous. This spring, separate them, pot up (or plant out if in a mild climate) and see where it takes you. Could be some nice plants there.
Dan
Lincoln, NE USDA 5

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 12:35PM
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jeffrey_harris(San Diego, CA)

Dear Borrego,

I know that Aloe 'Walmsley's Blue' and 'Walmsley's Bronze' exist, but, like Patrick, the appelation 'Walmsley's Green' is a new one. I don't know if it's new or a creation of the marketing department of a nursery.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 12:39PM
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borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)

To add further intrigue here, these were seed grown with a date of 10/25/01. I am going to do a leaf cutting. Details to follow.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 1:53PM
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jeffrey_harris(San Diego, CA)

Borrego,

Leaf cuttings? Aloes ain't Gasterias or Haworthias.....

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 2:02PM
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borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)

Mr. Harris, the lightning quick witted one. As Patrick suggested, I am doing a leaf test to assist in determining familial alliance.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 4:51PM
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borrego(Z 10 L.A. Cal.)

The leaf tear revelaed the the fibrous nature of it. I have emailed the resident agave sleuth (Peyton) with additional photos. I'm sure he will chime in later with additional information.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 5:17PM
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