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Aloe dichotoma (quiver tree)

The strange-looking quiver tree is an icon of southern Africa's most arid habitats.
Aloe dichotoma trees in situ

Aloe dichotoma photographed in 2007 in South Africa, Northern Cape, Kokerboomforest near Nieuwoudtville (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Species information

Common name: 

quiver tree, choje, kokerboom

Conservation status: 

Rated by the IUCN as Vulnerable. Listed on CITES Appendix II.

Habitat: 

Very dry, rocky environments.

Key Uses: 

Medicinal, ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Asparagales
Family: 
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Genus: Aloe

About this species

Aloe dichotoma is named for its distinctive forked branching pattern (from the Greek dikhotomia, meaning 'a cutting in two'). 

Genus: 
Aloe

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