A genus containing over 600 species of flowering succulent plants. The genus is native to tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). This indicates that it is of gondwanan origins.
Most Aloe species have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently yellow, orange, pink, or red, and are borne, densely clustered and pendant, at the apex of simple or branched, leafless stems. Many species of Aloe appear to be stemless, with the rosette growing directly at ground level; other varieties may have a branched or unbranched stem from which the fleshy leaves spring. They vary in color from grey to bright-green and are sometimes striped or mottled. Some aloes native to South Africa are tree-like.
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Name Derivation: The origin of the genus name Aloe is uncertain, but the most popularly accepted suggestions are that it is derived from: the Arabic alloch or alloeh, a vernacular name for medicinally used members of the genus; or the Greek aloë, referring to the dried juice of aloe leaves.
Common Name: Aloe
Aloe is in the family Asphodelaceae.