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Family: ALOACEAE* 

 Aloe dichotoma
 
  
Author:  Carl Linnaeus Jr 1782
Family:  Aloaceae*
Habitat:  Western South Africa, Namibia
Soil:  Grit or Mix
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  180 centimetres
Height:  5 (9) meters
Flower:  Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Kokerboom, Quiver tree
Synonyms:  -

Giant tree in a flat plain, outside of Keetmanshop.

 

This big member of the Aloaceae* family was described by Carl Linnaeus the younger in 1782. It is found in western South Africa into Namibia, growing in a well drained soil with little water and lots of sun. The stem can grow up to a 180 centimetres in diameter, and raise to five or even nine meters. The flowers are yellow.

 The different between A. dichotoma and A. pillansii, besides from the oblivious different in adult appearance and the way the flowers grow, is the colour of the edges of the leaves. A. dichotoma have yellow thorns while A. pillansii s thorns are white. The flowers of  A. pillansii is rather hanging while A. dichotoma's grow upwards. How exactly Louise Guthrie and Bernardus Joannes Maria Zonneveld can claim it is the same species still remains to be explained to me!

*) Aloaceae might be Asphodelaceae now.

 
 

Photo from Namibia by Amir Auerbach.

The famous Kokerboom Forest outside of Keetmanshop.

  

The huge plant, 2005 and again 2008.

These photos are from between Steinkopf and Rictersveld, South Africa.