Aloe

Aloe is a genus native to Africa containing about 500 species of flowering succulent plants. The most common and well known of these is Aloe vera, or "true aloe". Most Aloe species have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are often lance-shaped with a sharp apex and a spiny margin. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently yellow, orange, pink or red. The Greeks and Romans used aloe vera to treat wounds. In the Middle Ages, the yellowish liquid found inside the leaves was favored as a purgative.  Some species, particularly Aloe vera are used in alternative medicine and in the..

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