Aloe spp.
Family: Asphodelaceae
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TOMÁŠ MAZUCH  
Based on Lavranos in Flora of Somalia
Plants herbaceous, shrubby, or arborescent with succulent, glabrous, lanceolate to triangular leaves that are usually clustered, at the base of the inflorescence in the stemless species, towards the top of the stem in stemmed species. Leaf margins often have a distinct cartilagnous or horny marin and are usually toothed. Inflorescences are terminal or lateral and may be simple or branched, the flowers beling located in terminal racemes on each branch. Flowers radially symmetric, with 6 tepals that are united in their lower portion, 6 stamens that are often exserted and a gynoeccium consisting of a 3-celled ovary having numerous seeds and a filiform, simple style that, like the stamens, often exceeds the perianth. Fruits are  papery to almost woody capsules and the seeds are usually narrowly winged.

Aloe includes about 300 species that are native to Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, and the southern Arabian peninsula. The species are well adapted to growing in dry, hot climates. Aloe vera is widely cultivated because of its value to the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants trade but almost all species of Aloe are valued  for their medicinal and cosmetic properties by local people. 

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Image of Aloe aculeata
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Image of Aloe albida
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Image of Aloe amicorum
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Image of Aloe camperi
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Image of Aloe cremnophila
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Image of Aloe debrana
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Image of Aloe elegans
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