Aloe species identification

Aloe species identification

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I am trying to find out which species these are. Someone claimed they were Aloe Vera, but I am skeptical as I have never seen Aloe Vera with that kind of growth. These look more like Aloe Juvenna to me.

What do you think?

Identification and discrimination of three common Aloe species by high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry coupled with multivariate analysis

A simultaneous analytical method was developed to discriminate Aloe arborescens, Aloe barbadensis and Aloe ferox.

HPLC–MS/MS and HPLC-DAD were applied to qualitative and quantitative determination of eight maker compounds.

The extraction conditions were optimized by response surface methodology.

A partial least squares-discriminant analysis was used to identify the three aloe species.

Characteristic compounds for identification of aloe species were revealed between three aloes.

Types & Botanical or Scientific Name of Aloe

According to AloePlant, The Royal Horticultural Society Gardeners’ Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers provides a brief explanation of the aloe, They call Aloe as a “genius of evergreen, rosetted trees, shrubs, perennials and scandent climbers with succulent foliage and tubular to bell-shaped flowers” (qtd. in Lawless & Alla, 2000).

Taking into consideration, you will find somewhere around 350 types of aloe in the Aloaceae family, all of these differ drastically in dimension and colour, the following description is appropriate for the plant.

Do you know that 132 varieties of aloe vera are usually identified in south Africa exclusively (Lawless & Allan, 2000).

Aloe Barbadensis Miller is the scientific name of aloe Vera.
But you will be surprised to know that Aloe on its own is a large family with numerous scientific names. So much so that there are almost 250 species of aloe in Botany. It is not possible for us to mention them all over here thus, You can find some of the most essential species of Aloe vera listed below:

1) Aloe Vera ( Aloe Barbadensis Miller )

Needless to say, The scientific name of aloe vera is Aloe Barbadensis Miller.

Two Types of Aloe Vera

It arrives in two important varieties. the first is the green one and the second is the blue one.

Each of the species have nearly the same therapeutic benefits and effects, however, the rise time is various.
Blue Aloe Vera takes to develop around three years and Green Aloe Vera takes to develop around four or five years. The most typical and prevalent species of aloe is Aloe Barbadensis Miller or Aloe Vera.

2) Aloe Africana

This species of aloe plant was the most demanding species of aloe when aloe vera was not discovered.

3) Aloe Socotrina/Aloe Perryi Baker

Merchants of the Arab thought that Aloe Socotrina plant was a magical plant. This Plant native to the island of Socotra, South Yemen.

4) Aloe ferox

this aloe plant is the most agreed varieties of aloe from the Far East. Japanese,
Chinese and Taiwanese actually eat plenty of aloe. They name this plant by calling the Daily Ration Health. These people consume raw or boiled aloe.

5) Aloe Maculata/Aloe Saponaria

Aloe maculata which is also known as aloe saponaria & commonly famous as the Soap Aloe or Zebra Aloe, It is a Southern African species of aloe.

6) Aloe Arborescens

This variety of aloe is the last in the list, Aloe Arborescens is a wild variety of aloe that develops in desert parts of Russia. Aloe Arborescens is still under the Russian Researchers’ attention.

Common Name(s):

Aloe is a genius with over 500 species of perennial succulent flowering herbs. The most widely know one is Aloe vera from which various pharmaceutical products are made. Most species have thick succulent leaves growing in a rosette and reproduce by offsets. They vary in size from small up to tree forms. Tubular flowers are usually densely clustered along leafless stems in various colors.

Many are ornamental and are cultivated as house plants. If growing indoors, place in a south or west window. Most varieties need at least 6 hours of sun. If moving your plant outdoors in the summer, gradually acclimate it to partial sun conditions. Allow the soil to dry between watering, then water well, allowing the water to drain from the pot. Use a potting soil appropriate for succulents and cacti and plant in a pot with several drainage holes. Clay pots are ideal.

Aloes are an easy to grow houseplant requiring little maintenance.

Form K. Andre CC BY 2.0 Flowers of A. cameronii[email protected] CC-BY-SA 2.0 Aloe gel from stem Raul654 CC BY-SA 3.0 Plant with offsets K. Andre CC BY 2.0 Flowering in native habitat Abu Shawka CC0 1.0 A. dorothae plant Stan Shebs CC BY-SA 3.0 A. plicatilis in a garden Abu Shawka CC0 1.0

Aloe Vera in Egypt

In Egypt, Aloe was associated with the gods and was believed to be sacred. A variety of queens believed it to be the source of their beauty and health and that it could even grant them immortality. The juice from aloe vera leaves was used to wash the skin and it was also drank to promote health. It is also famously used for the preserving of dead bodies, and because it is both antifungal and antibacterial, it was very effective at preserving bodies once they were buried. While aloe vera cannot grant a person immortality, the Egyptians also knew that aloe vera could soothe pain and ease inflammation.

Aloe Species ID please

I have recently purchased some Aloe plants from Walmart and was just wondering if anyone could identify them for me. The pot actually contains 6 different plants crammed into one tiny pot. I decided it was a good buy for about $7. Anyway, here are some pictures of the plants. I realize the pictures are not very clear so I will give a brief description of each. The pictures were too big to post on the forum so I just posted thumbnails of them. Just click for the full size picture. Thanks.

1. This is just a picture of all the plants.

2. Another one of the plants.

3. This plant has thick, flat and pale green leaves and is kind of soft.

4. This plant's leaves are just sticking straight up and are dark green and have white bumps all over them. They may turn spiny later but they are not right now.

5. This little guy has thin, light green leaves that are kind of stiff.

6. This one has long leaves that have dark brown thorns on them. The leaves are a medium color green and are kind of cup shaped.


Aloe arborescens, Aloe barbadensis and Aloe ferox are the most widely cultivated and used among 500 aloe species due to their potent bioactivity. However, the difference of aloe species is neglected and labeled only one name Aloe in the market without specifying aloe species discrimination in general. Furthermore, differences in bioactivity and side effects from different aloe species have not been well investigated. This study develops an effective method for simultaneous qualitative and quantitative determination of three common aloe species using high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS/MS) and high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detection (HPLC-DAD). The extraction conditions were optimized by response surface methodology (RSM) based on methanol concentration, extraction time and solvent-to-material ratio. A partial least squares-discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) was used to identify the three aloe species. The developed HPLC–MS/MS method coupled with multivariate analysis can be applied to discriminate three aloe species successfully.


Agave, in most cases, have same triangle-shaped leaves but are larger than Aloe. The size of them can vary between a few inches and 20 feet in diameter. They have similar leaf shape but the edge of Agave is spikier. The spikes in Agave’s leaf margin are painfully sharp and also tougher, while Aloe’s spikes are softer and less dense.

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To further confirm your plant identification, perform the “snap” test: snip a leaf, bisect it, and examine. If you find fibrous tissue inside, the succulent is agave. The fibrous texture make Agave leaves super sturdy and required the use of sharp tools to cut them open.

Fun facts: Other than being used to make ropes, Agave nectar is the base ingredient in making your favorite Tequila.

The blooming habit of Agave is also different from Aloe. Most Agave are monocarpic and they only bloom once in a lifetime. After blooming, your plant will die as their reproduction circle complete. However, you don’t have to get so worked up about this since Agave bloom only happens after 10 or 20 years of growth.

What Do We Know About Safety?

  • Topical use of aloe gel is generally well tolerated. However, there have been occasional reports of burning, itching, and eczema with topical use of aloe gel. Oral use of aloe latex can cause abdominal pain and cramps. Oral consumption of aloe leaf extracts (for as little as 3 weeks and as long as 5 years) has been related to cases of acute hepatitis.
  • Animal studies have noted an association between aloe vera leaf extract taken orally and gastrointestinal cancer in rats and mice however, concerns were expressed about the differences in the product used in that study and those commonly used by consumers. Thus, more research is needed to assess the relevance to human health.
  • Overuse of aloe latex may increase the risk of adverse effects from the drug digoxin, used for some heart problems.
  • Aloe—both in gel and latex form—when taken by mouth may be unsafe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

How to Care for Succulents

Succulents are generally easy-to-care-for houseplants. Their fascinating shapes, textures, and colors look beautiful in any room. Succulents are generally kept as small indoor plants, and you can care for a few of them easily without any bother.

Most types of succulents require similar care to help them keep their color and grow properly. You should place your succulent in bright sunlight and rotate them every so often so all parts of the plant get the sun.

Succulents also should be placed in well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Usually, regular cactus potting soil is perfect for growing succulents at home. You should water your succulents when the top 1” (2.5 cm) of soil is dry. To make sure your succulents get enough water, pour in enough water until it runs out the drainage holes.

With indoor succulents, you also need to wipe the dust off the leaves with a damp cloth. This helps to encourage growth and keep your indoor succulent houseplants healthy.

Watch the video: 25 Aloe Species - World of Aloe Part 1 (July 2022).


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