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Aloe dichotoma - The Kokerboom or Quiver Tree
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Aloe dichotoma - The Kokerboom or Quiver Tree

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Pack of 5 seeds.

This is one of the giants of the Aloe world, growing up to 9 metres or more tall with a similar spread. Individual plants have been reliably dated to over 300 years old. The Kokerboom is so named because the this is the San word for quiver and the indigenous tribes used the hollowed out stems of this 'tree' to make quivers for their arrows. The English common name, Quiver tree, obviously has the same origin.Although called a tree it is in reality one of the largest monocotyledon's and is more closely related to Lilies (it was once classified in the same family) than any type of true tree. The Latin name dichotoma means branching and it easy to see this in the adult plants .

The plant may flower in 20 years from seed in it's natural state, but in the far better conditions it will find in cultivation, this is likely to happen much more quickly. The flowers look like those of red hot pokers (unsurprising as they are from the same family), they are either yellow or orange-red, depending on the locality.

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