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Aloe ferox (Cape aloes)

Aloe ferox is a South African aloe valued for its colourless leaf 'gel' and bitter brown exudate.
Cape aloes in natural habitat

Aloe ferox in natural habitat (Photo: Peter Brandham)

Species information

Common name: 

Cape aloes, bergaalwyn, bitter aloe

Conservation status: 

Rated by the IUCN as of Least Concern (LC). Protected by CITES.

Habitat: 

Semi-arid open plains to rocky mountain slopes.

Key Uses: 

Cosmetics, herbal remedies, food supplements.

Known hazards: 

The bitter leaf exudate should not be taken by children, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus: Aloe

About this species

Aloe ferox is a common species on semi-arid plains and rocky mountain slopes of South Africa. It is both cultivated and collected from the wild for the colourless leaf gel and bitter brown leaf exudate.

Genus: 
Aloe

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