Aloes belong to the family of the Affodillaceae (Asphodeloideae) and comprise about 450 species. Most aloes are native to southern and eastern Africa and Madagascar. But they can also be found in the rest of Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula. Aloe vera in particular is cultivated as a useful plant in all tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Its long, lance-shaped leaves are thick, fleshy and contain a jelly-like tissue juice. They are usually arranged in rosettes, rarely in two rows. The flowering time is between March and May. The inflorescence develops near the centre of the rosette, which forms a bunch of orange, yellow or red flowers at the top. ... more...
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