Saturday, May 11, 2013

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

General Information
Common Name Quiver Tree
Scientific Name Aloe Dichotoma
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 4.6 - 6 m (15-20 ft)
Spread 2-3 m(7-10 ft)
Growth Rate Slow
Bloom Time Late Fall, Early Winter
Color Green
Flower Color Yellow
Type Cactus & Succulents
Native Southern Africa
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Equisetopsida
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Asparagales
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus Aloe
Species A. dichotoma


Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree
Aloe dichotoma commonly known as Quiver Tree native to southern part of Africa in the desert of South Africa, Namibia. This distinctive tree aloe has smooth branches, which are covered with a thin layer of whitish powder that helps to reflect away the hot sun's rays. The bark on the trunk forms beautiful golden brown scales, but beware, the edges of these scales are razor sharp. The crown is often densely rounded as a result of the repeatedly forked branches, hence the species name dichotoma. (dichotomous meaning forked). The blue-green leaves are About 30cm long and 5cm wide, fleshy, bearing a narrow brownish-yellow margins margin of thorns. Aloe dichotoma have their first flowers when they are about 20 to 30 years old. The bright yellow flowers are blooms in late fall/early winter. The flowers are branch panicles up to 30 cm tall from the base of the peduncle to the apex of the terminal of the raceme.
The Aloe dichotoma has great medic value. The roots are used in traditional medicine for asthma and tuberculosis. The plant has been tested for bioactivity against the malaria parasite and inflammatory responses.


Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree with flowers

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree : Flowers

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree : Young Plant

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

Aloe Dichotoma - Quiver Tree

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