Popcorn Aloe
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Popcorn Aloe
P Introduced Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Popcorn Aloe, Camper's Aloe, Ecru Aloe, Nubian Aloe
Botanical name: Aloe camperi    Family: Asphodelaceae (Aloe family)
Synonyms: Aloe albopicta, Aloe eru

Popcorn Aloe is an evergreen, fleshy, perennial plant producing rosettes of leaves up to 60 cm in diameter on stems that can be 30 cm long. The leaves are up to 60 cm long and 15 cm wide at the base. The plant suckers to form clumps of stems. It will eventually form a average clump of 3-4 feet spread and 2-3 feet tall. The toothy edges are soft to the touch, and user friendly, on long, strap-like, slightly recurving leaves. It is commonly cultivated for medicinal purposes in Egypt, and is also grown as an ornamental. Popcorn Aloe is native to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, cultivated as a succulent elsewhere.
Medicinal uses: This is one of the most important medicinal plants in Eritrea, commonly harvested from the wild for local use

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in cultivation in FRLHT campus, Bangalore.

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