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Picture perfect: Our Aloes in flower
JULY 19, 2022 | photograpHS by BOTSOC MEMBERS ON iNATURALIST.
Aloes in flower
Above: Coral aloe (Aloe striata). Photo by @outramps-tanniedi, iNaturalist.
The fantastical orange, red, yellow and even pink flowers of the Aloe family can be seen flowering across much of South Africa at the moment.
Our Aloe species are, however, more than just favourite flower sightings in the veld and in gardens during the winter months. They also have a rich history in our country, as many Aloe species were used across cultural groups in South Africa in past centuries for medicinal purposes.
Even today Aloes are used as medication and in cosmetics. Aloe vera in particular has become a well-known marketing name in the beauty industry. Aloe ferox, or bitter aloe, has also been included in many skincare ranges, given the amino acids and minerals found in the aloe sap.
Aloes in flower in South Africa
Our BotSoc members have been out and about across South Africa photographing some of our striking flowering Aloe species. Here are some of our favourite photos, as included in the Botanical Society of South Africa project on iNaturalist.
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