Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Aloe maculata All. Preferred
Aloe perfoliata var. obscura Synonym
Aloe tricolor Baker
Aloe trichotoma Colla
Aloe spuria A.Berger
Aloe saponaria (Aiton) Haw.
Aloe gasterioides Baker
Aloe umbellata DC.
Aloe saponaria var. obscura
Aloe latifolia (Haw.) Haw.
Aloe saponaria var. latifolia
Aloe saponaria var. ficksburgensis
Aloe macracantha Baker
Aloe leptophylla var. stenophylla
Aloe grahamii Schönland
Aloe obscura Mill.
Aloe leptophylla N.E.Br. ex Baker
Aloe commutata var. bicolor
Aloe commutata Tod.
Aloe disticha Mill.
Aloe maculosa Lam.
Aloe picta var. major
Aloe picta Thunb.
Aloe perfoliata var. saponaria

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Aloe maculata Preferred
Aloe maculata All. Authority

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Aloe maculata All. Preferred
Aloe macracantha Baker
Aloe obscura Mill.
Aloe saponaria (Aiton) Baker
Aloe saponaria var. ficksburgensis Reynolds
Aloe saponaria var. saponaria (Aiton) Haw. Other, see comments


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