Botanist's Glossary

Aloe Vera - Aloe barbadensis

  • Description
    • Aloe vera (Liliaceae family) is a succulent tropical plant with a short stem (30 to 50 cm) that develops long smooth fleshy leaves with pale yellow spikes along the edges. The aloe plant, which is found from India to Eastern and Southern Africa, is cultivated in all hot Mediterranean and tropical countries.
  • Traditions
    • The Greek physician, Dioscorides, wrote about the curative properties of aloe in the first century A.D. The ancients received aloe from East Africa and it has been us