Aloe vera, called aloe, acíbar or Barbados aloe, among others, is a succulent species of the Asphodelaceae family.
Shrub caule or with short stem, up to 30 cm, erect, without lateral sprouts. The leaves, which can measure up to 40-50 cm long by 10-15 cm wide in adult specimens, are arranged in the form of a basal rosette. They are narrowly triangular-lanceolate, canaliculate, straight, erect-patent, herbaceous, greyish-green, glaucous, slightly covered with bloom, and unblemished except for a few elongated pale specks on suckers and at the base of some older leaves, serrated only at the margin, with teeth about 2 mm thick, hard, retrorse, lighter in color than that of the limbus.
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