north-western South Africa.
One of two seedlings I
was able to find in the area.
This big member of the
Aloaceae** family was given this name by Louise Guthrie in
1928. It is found from Cornel's Kopf, north-western South Africa to Brandberg in Namibia, growing in a well drained soil with little
water and lots of sun. The stem can grow up to a meter in diameter,
and raise to ten meters or more. The flowers are yellow.
Named after Neville S. Pillans,
the botanist who first collected it.
*) The different between
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