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Nº 44. Saturday, March 5, 2011

Aloeaceae

n Bot. Family of monocotyledonous plants, generally with succulent leaves arranged in a rosette, and tubular flowers arranged in simple or ramified spikes, or in racemes. Its most known species is the true aloe (Aloe vera).

It is constituted by some 700 species, and its center of origin is in Africa.

Type genus: Aloe.

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True aloe. True aloe (Aloe vera) is the most representative species of the Aloaceae family.

Etymology

From modern Latin Aloeaceae; from Aloe, name of a plant genus; from Latin aloe, «aloe», «true aloe»; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».