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  Asphodelus vera (L.) Burm.f.
  Family Name : Asphodelaceae

  Synonyms : Asphodelus barbadensis

  Common Names : Barbados Aloe, Medicinal Aloe, Burn Plant, Aloe

  Chinese Name : 芦荟

Barbados Aloe,Medicinal Aloe,Burn Plant,Aloe
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Northern Africa
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Succulent herb typically growing up to 0.3-0.6 m tall, but sometimes reaching 1.2 m tall.
      Foliage: Fleshy, triangular leaves (up to 0.9 m long) are arranged in a rosette. Light green leaves with white spots are smooth with a spiny leaf margin.
      Flowers: Yellow, tubular flowers are arranged in a spike inflorescence.
      Cultivation :
      Aloe vera grows best under direct sun in well-drained, porous soil, but it also tolerates light shade. In Singapore, it grows well in pots that are sheltered from the rain. It is susceptible to fungal disease, so try to keep the leaves dry and keep soil from splashing on the leaves.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: Leaves contain a clear, tasteless tissue which is chopped and added raw to beverages and desserts for its jelly-like consistence. The bitter, outer green layer of the leaf should be peeled away before consuming the inner flesh which is known as aloe vera gel. )
      Medicinal (Aloe vera leaves contain a clear gel that is applied to minor cuts and burns to promote healing. According to folk medicine, it is ingested as a cure for constipation. However, research by the National Toxicology Program (USA) found that ingestion of Aloe vera caused intestinal tumors in rats, suggesting there are safety concerns regarding its consumption. Side effects from topical application to the skin have not been detected.)
      [Others]: The leaves contain a gel that is added to skin moisturizers.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Spines/Thorns - Leaf
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Inflorescence Type :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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