Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Aloe barbadensis Mill. APNI*
Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f. var. vera APNI*
Distribution and occurrence:
A. vera (L.) Burm. f. is extensively cultivated as a 'medicinal' plant in many parts of the world, including Australia, but it has not become naturalized in NSW. It is sometimes confused with A. officinalis Forssk. (previously known as A. vera var. officinalis (Forssk.) Baker), but they are distinguished by the leaf and flower colour. In A. officinalis, the leaves are light green with numerous paler spots and the perianth orange; in A. vera the leaves are blue-green with few or no spots and the perianth is yellow.
Text by KL Wilson (July 2015)
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