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Aloe dichotoma (Quiver Tree)

Aloe dichotoma (Quiver Tree) in Namaqualand.

 

Why are they called Quiver Trees?

The Khoisan Bushman people of the Kalahari Desert, hollowed out the succulent branches to make "Quivers" to put their arrows in for hunting game. As there are not a lot of trees and resources in the Desert, they had to use what was available.

 

Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa,

August 2007.

 

Featured in my book: "Namaqualand and the Richtersveld - Nature's Spectacular Canvas".

 

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Martin

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Taken on August 7, 2007