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Species name: Aloe vera

Aloe vera, also known as the true or medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in the southern half of the Arabian peninsula, Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde. Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. Many scientific studies of the use of aloe vera have been undertaken, some of them conflicting. Despite these limitations, there is some preliminary evidence that Aloe vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections, Sebaceous cyst, diabetes and elevated blood lipids in humans. These positive effects are thought to be due to the presence of compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins. (Source:Wikipedia)


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Names of users who have contributed to this species page Gauravm
Date on which this page was first created 2010/12/10
This page was last modified on: 11 December 2010 05:05:47
Name of the species Aloe vera
ID on Encyclopedia of Life 1085598
Synonyms Please check Binomial Classification section for synonyms.
Common English Names Aloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plant
Common Hindi Names Gheekumari घीकुमारी
Common Indian names Gheekumari घीकुमारी (Hindi); Khorpad (Marathi); கதலை Kathalai (Tamil); Chotthu kathalai (Malayalam) Flowers of India
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Taxon Value
Regnum (Kingdom) Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Asparagales
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Source of data Encyclopedia of Life

Other closely related species

SpeciesDivisionCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Aloe veraAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी
Acacia niloticaArabic Gum, Black Piquant, Egyptian thorn, Prickly acaciaबबूल Babool,कीकर Kikar
Saraca indicaAshokaअशोक Ashok
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DivisionTaxon detailsTaxon morphology details
MagnoliophytaAlso called Angiospermae. The ancestors of flowering plants diverged from gymnosperms around 245–202 million years ago, and the first flowering plants known to exist are from 140 million years ago. They diversified enormously during the Lower Cretaceous and became widespread around 100 million years ago, but replaced conifers as the dominant trees only around 60-100 million years ago.These are seed plants like Gymnosperms, but can be differentiated by the presence of flowers, seeds containing endosperm and seeds that produce a fruit. Angiosperms are the most diverse and highly evolutionarily successful group of land plants.
SpeciesClassCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Aloe veraLiliopsidaAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी
Zingiber rubensLiliopsidaBengal Ginger
Elettaria cardamomumLiliopsidaCardamom, Green cardamomइलाएची Elaichi
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ClassTaxon detailsTaxon morphology details
LiliopsidaLiliopsida is considered the scientific name for monocots, but monocots may be called differently based on different taxonomic classification systems. Based on chloroplast DNA sequences, the divergence date between monocots and dicots is estimated to be ~200 million years, with a 40 million years uncertainty. There are ~50000-60000 species of monocots, with the largest family being Orchidaceae (orchids) consisting of ~20000 species. The true grasses (Poaceae) are the most economically important family, with 70% of the crops being cultivated belonging to this family.The following features distinguish monocots from dicots - 1) Three flower parts in each flower (vs 4-5 in dicots) 2) One pore in pollen (vs 3) 3) One cotyledon (vs 2) 4) Vascular bundles in stem scattered (vs concentric circles) 5) Adventitious roots (vs radicle-origin) 6) Parallel venation (vs reticulate) These broad distinguishing features indeed have some exceptions
SpeciesOrderCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Aloe veraAsparagalesAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी
Allium sativumAsparagalesCultivated Garlicलेह्सन Lehsan
Urginea indicaAsparagalesindian squilljangli-piyaz
SpeciesFamilyCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Aloe veraXanthorrhoeaceaeAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी
SpeciesGenusCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Aloe veraAloeAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी

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Is this species native to India? No
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Does this species have any medicinal use? Yes

Other plants of the same family having medicinal use:

Species nameCommon nameCommon Hindi nameFamilyAilment typeMedicinal use description
Aloe veraAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारीXanthorrhoeaceae
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Is this plant cultivated commercially in India? Yes
Uses for which the plant is commercially cultivated Medicinal use, Cosmetic use, Religious use
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  • If the number of nucleotide sequences is less than 100, very little genomic work has been done on this species. A respectable number of nucleotide sequences is above 10000.
  • Most of the nucleotide sequences may come from three sources:
  1. Studies on single genes, where people try to sequence genes such as some specific dehydrogenases important,say, for tannin production
  2. Sequences of Ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer, whose sequence is used for generating molecular phylogenetic trees to establish species relationships
  3. Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) which can tell about which genes are present and expressed in the species at a particular time in the given tissue

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References

EoL (Web): Encyclopedia of Life entry, Accessdate=2010-12-10


Flowers of India (Web): Flowers of India entry, Accessdate=2010-12-10


Wikipedia entry (Web): Wikipedia entry, Accessdate=2010-12-10


Himalaya (Web): Himalaya Healthcare Monographs, Accessdate=2010-12-10

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