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Aloe vera f.

Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.

Aloe barbadensis Mill.

Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera L.

Aloe vulgaris Lam.

Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyXanthorrhoeaceaeAloes, many tropical plants, flax lilies, daylilies, many others
GenusAloeMeans “goddess” in ancient Sanskrit, for its reputed use as a beauty aid
SpeciesveraTrue

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Aloe vera is native to northern Africa, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde.

Identification: See the Aloe comparison table.

Medical: The gel-like sap is used to treat minor burns and wounds, and may have application in the treatment of diabetes and elevated blood lipids. There are many other uses as well. It is not recommended to extract the gel directly, since other substances in the plant can cause a contact dermatitis. The leaf interiors are edible when cooked.

Online References:

Aloe vera f. on luirig.altervista.org

Aloe vera f. on Wikipedia

Aloe vera f. at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Aloe vera f. on Desert-tropicals.com

Aloe vera f. at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Aloe vera f. on BioLib.cz

Aloe vera f. on eFloras

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 9 × 14" (23 × 35 cm)

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Aloe vera f. description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.1 × 0.8 m)

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.1 × 0.7 m)

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Aloe vera (Aloe vera, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Vera)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

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