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Many long serrated thick leaves (384 views)
Aloe Socotrina from Africa
Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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9th Ave. at Lincoln, San Francisco, California

(Photo posted Wednesday 2 June 2010)

(Photo taken 13:24:56 Sunday 2 May 2010)

© 2010 Bryan Costales
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The Aloe Socotrina is a perennial plant. It has fleshy basal leaves (similar to agave but considerably smaller) that are 1 to 2 feet long (30 to 61 centimeters) and green on both sides. The leaves have spiny teeth on the edges.

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A drooping flower (523 views)
by Bryan Costales
(2 of 4) This plant has a purplish drooping flower for most of the year, except for when this photograph was taken. The flower can grow to 4 feet (130 centimeters) high.
Sharp thorns (443 views)
by Bryan Costales
(3 of 4) The thorns along the edge of the leaves were just sharp enough to discourage herbivores from eating the leaves, but not sharp enough to hurt when touched by hand.
Medicinal Uses (483 views)
by Bryan Costales
(4 of 4) Fresh leaves of this plant, when split to expose the juice, can be rubbed on the skin to help remedy sunburn, insect bites, skin irritations, and minor cuts. The fresh juice is also reputed to help