Aloe vera characteristics

What is an aloe vera?

Characteristics of Aloe vera

Common nouns: Aloe, Aloe Vera, First Aid Plant, Medicinal Aloe, Barbados aloe

Scientific noun: Aloe vera (L.) Burm

Aloe vera drawing
Drawing of aloe vera

Family: Liliaceae

Habitat: Native form India, it can be found naturalised in the north of Africa and more rarely in the south of Europe.

Description of Aloe vera

Perennial plant of the Lily family – Liliaceae – up to 60 cm.

Succulent leaves in basal rosette, lanceolate, with the margin covered with thorns, glaucous and with reddish tones.

Yellow, bell- shaped, hanging flowers, till 2,5 cm in terminal spikes on woody cylindrical stems, without leaves.

Fruit in capsule.

Composition: Active components of Aloe vera

  • Acids: glutamic, aspartic, aloetic, formic, palmitic and estearic acids. (Plant) ascorbic acid (Leaves)

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19 March, 2024

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