The study of aloe leaf anatomy can provide information that is valuable to taxonomists, plant physiologists and biochemists, and ecologists among others. Sometimes flowers and fruits are not available to help in the identification of an aloe. However, the examination of the general form of the plant, together with a detailed look at the appearance of the epidermal (skin) cells of the leaf at a magnification of between 300 and 100 X could uncover sufficient characteristics to make an identification. Sometimes identification can be made at species level.
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