From aloe combined with the Greek suffix -opsis, resemblance, referring to the similarity between this genus and the genus Aloe.
Small tufted perennial herbs with the internodes not visible. Leaves fleshy, spoon shaped, flattened, 4-6 on each flowering shoot, warty, or softly hairy. Flowers 1(2-4). Petals brown, orange, yellow or pink. Ovary with 6-14 chambers, the ovules with parietal placentation. The commoner species are keyed out below but others occur in collections.
Mostly by seed.
Aloe-like body with spoon-shaped, flattened leaves.
About 8 species from W and C South Africa.
Source: (1997). Aizoaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.