Invasive Species Compendium

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Aloe vera
(true aloe)



Aloe vera (true aloe)


  • Last modified
  • 15 November 2017
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Pest
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Aloe vera
  • Preferred Common Name
  • true aloe
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Monocotyledonae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Aloe vera

Preferred Common Name

  • true aloe

Other Scientific Names

  • Aloe barbadensis Mill.

International Common Names

  • English: barbados aloe; mediterranean aloe
  • Spanish: sabila; zabila (Mexico)
  • French: aloès officinal; aloès vrai

Local Common Names

  • Cuba: aloe
  • Germany: Alö, Echte

EPPO code

  • ALFVE (Aloe vera)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Monocotyledonae
  •                     Order: Liliales
  •                         Family: Aloaceae
  •                             Genus: Aloe
  •                                 Species: Aloe vera

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


IndiaUnconfirmed record

Central America and Caribbean

ArubaPresentIntroducedBurg et al., 2012
BonairePresentIntroducedBurg et al., 2012
CubaPresentIntroduced Invasive Oviedo Prieto et al., 2012
CuraçaoPresentIntroducedBurg et al., 2012


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Burg WJ van der; Freitas J de; Debrot AO; Lotz LAP, 2012. Naturalised and invasive alien plant species in the Caribbean Netherlands: status distribution, threats, priorities and recommendations. Report of a joint IMARES/CARMABI/PRI project. Wageningen, Netherland: Plant Research International, 82 pp.

Oviedo Prieto R; Herrera Oliver P; Caluff MG, et al. , 2012. National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba - 2011. (Lista nacional de especies de plantas invasoras y potencialmente invasoras en la República de Cuba - 2011). Bissea: Boletín sobre Conservación de Plantas del Jardín Botánico Nacional de Cuba, 6(Special Issue 1):22-96.

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