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Volunteer Aloe - hybrid???

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I have a number of Aloe species growing in my front area and often get volunteers from some of the smaller ones, but this particular plant looks different than the others.  The primary one that I get seedlings from is my Aloe microstigmas.  I actually assumed this was just another one when it first started to come up, but its leaves are much thicker.  I've dispersed seeds from some of my larger species, such as Aloe ferox, africana and marlothii, and while this does remind me some of small ferox and marlothii, neither of them match up to what I remember mine looking like as small plants.  So perhaps its a hybrid given the numbers of Aloe species I frequently have in bloom at the same time.  Bees and humming birds love all the Aloes and will travel from plant to plant.  I'll probably be excavating this to pot up soon, as its growing in a spot I don't really want it to.  I'm curious if anyone has any small A ferox, marlothii or africana that they have photos of for comparison as I don't recall what mine looked like when at this size.

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I have a couple of smaller Ferox/Spectabilis/Marlothii in pots, I'll take a photo in the morning.  The leaves look a bit more "cupped" than mine,  especially near the tips.  But that might be just plant age or environment.

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