Aloe perryi

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Socotrine aloe
Aloe perryi in Auckland Botanic Gardens.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Genus: Aloe
Species: A. perryi
Binomial name
Aloe perryi
Baker
Synonyms

Aloe forbesii Balf.f. ; Aloe socotrina

Aloe perryi (syn. Aloe forbesii Balf.f.; Aloe socotrina) is a species of plant in the genus Aloe. It is endemic to the island of Socotra in Yemen, and is often known by its common name, Socotrine aloe.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Botanical illustration of Aloe perryi (1910).

Its natural habitat is rocky areas. Widely distributed and in places abundant, it is one of three Aloe species that naturally occur on the island of Socotra, the other two being Aloe jawiyon and Aloe squarrosa. Bitter aloes – the juice of Aloe perryi – has important pharmaceutical and medicinal properties. At present, it is under no immediate threat but some populations are potentially vulnerable to pests, climate change and over-harvesting.

Description[edit]

A variable species, usually a blue-green colour but sometimes reddish, especially in exposed positions. The inflorescence is branched, and the flowers reddish orange with yellow tips.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Arabia and the Red Sea, Naval Intelligence Division, London 2005, p. 208 ISBN 0-7103-1034-X ; John Hill, A History of the Materia Medica, London 1751, p. 772