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Aloes

The Diversity of Aloes
Aloes come from the dry and warm eastern and southern regions of Africa, from Arabia, and from Socotra Island; they have been widespread in the Mediterranean area since ancient times.
The genus Aloe includes more than 180 species and presents a great variety of forms. Some species are almost lacking in trunk and they have a tuft of basal leaves; others have an arboreal bearing, with a variously branched trunk with the tuft of leaves at its top, from which a simple or branched inflorescence stands out. The leaves are plump, more or less dentate or thorny along the edges. The flowers are red or yellow, with six elements gathered in a tube. They bloom from winter to summer.
Aloes are interfertile: many species can hybridize one with the other, originating individuals with intermediate and gradually shading morphological features.
In nature the hybrids are not so frequent; they are more frequent in gardens where individuals of different species, which in nature are geographically isolated, are cultivated next one to the other.

Province: Imperia Region: Liguria


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