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Quiver tree

The quiver tree also known as kokerboom, is a species of aloe indigenous to South Africa (northern cape region). Actually it is not a tree but an aloe plant. The botanical name is ALOE DICHOTOMA. Dichotoma refers to the forked branches of the plant. Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the quiver tree gets its name (Kokerboom) from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows. “Koker” is the Afrikaans word for quiver. The quiver tree is a stout tree up to 9 metres high with a smooth trunk which can be up to one metre in diameter at ground level. The quiver tree propogates only by seeds. They have their first flowers when they are about 20 to 30 years old. The flowers are branch panicles up to 30 cm tall from the base of the penducle to the apex of the terminal of the racem. The flowers have a bright yellow colour. The flowering-season is in the winter during June and July. The big trees in the forest are between 200 and 300 years old. More info : www.quivertreeforest.com/quivertree.htm

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Taken on October 3, 2008