Aloe humilis Haw.
=Aloe perfoliata var. humilis
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Tufted; lvs. 20-30, suberect, incurved, triangular-lanceolate,
long-acuminate, 4 in. long, 2 in. wide, white-prickly at least on back,
white-toothed on margin; infl. 1.5-2 ft. high, simple, racemes 4-6 in. long;
pedicels erect; fls. deflexed, 1.5 in. long, red, segms. tipped green, distinct
nearly to base; stamens included.
Escape from cultivation. Blooms
in summer months. (my comments).
Al-oe, from an old Arabic name.
Hu-milis, low-growing, dwarf.
(Bailey 209, 16).
Rare in the study area, found only in the Santa Ana Heights area,
adjacent to the large Opuntia prolifera x
littoralis which may have been planted years ago when this area was farmed.
I suspect that both of these plants were near an old Irvine Company
farmhouse as there are remains of what was probably an old buck-board nearby.
Two or three days after you burn, break off a fresh piece of aloe and use
the plant's natural healing moisture, or squeeze on an over-the-counter aloe
cream. Both have analgesic action
that will make your wound feel better. Do
not use aloe if you are using blood thinners or have a medical history of heart
problems. (Tkac, Editor 107). Aloe is one of the most healing
agencies we have among the herbs. It
is used in many cathartics. Aloe is
one of the best to clean out the colon and is an excellent remedy for piles and
hemorrhoids. (Kloss 198). Aloe species are among southern
California's most valuable ornamentals. Most
kinds make outstanding container plants. Some
species are in bloom every month. (Sunset
Editors, New Western Garden Book, 1984. 175).
Species perhaps 200 in the Old World, largely in trop. and S. Africa.
July-Oct 91 # 2,3,4,5.
Identity: by R. De Ruff,
confirmed by John Johnson.
First Found: July 1991.
Computer Ref: Plant Data 420.
No plant specimen.
Last edit 5/27/04.
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