What is Aloe Vera?

The Aloe Vera Plant is basically a  herb resembling the cactus in apperance, but it is actually a perennial sacculent belonging to the lily family.

There are over 400 species of Aloe known to man, of which most are beneficial for the mankind. The most beneficial is the Aloe Barbadensis, which is commonly kn0wn as Aloe Vera. Some other  members of this family which are important to us are;

aloearborbedAloe Arborescens:  Aloe Arboresens Miller has medicinal properties and is used in healthcare.

Aloe Aristata:  Known as torch plant and lace aloe, generally found in South Africa and surrounding area. Its nectar rich flower attracts birds, wasp and bees easily.

Aloe Dichotoma:  Known as quiver tree or kokerboom, generally found in South Africa and Namibia aslo. Its bark and branches are used by Bushmen to make quiver for their arrows.

Aloe Nobitensisg:  It’s a succulent and member of the aloe genus found inKenya.

Aloe Variegate:  Known as tiger aloe, is a species of aloe indigenous to South Africa.

Aloe Vera Barbados Aloe:  Found in northern Africal and has various medicinal use.

Aloe Wildii:  has a glasslike appearance and is in the family asphodelaceae. Found in Africa.

Aloe Vera is a tropical and sub tropical plant which is found in almost every continent of the world. It is abundantly found in Africa, Asia and Australia, and sufficently found in the continents of Europe and The Americas.

This plant has the capability to survive with minimum water requirements; this makes it a great desert survivor.

 

 

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