The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Quiver Tree

Afrikaans name: Kokerboom

beautiful Quiver Tree landscape

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Aloe dichotoma

The Quiver Tree is one of the most distinctive trees in the more arid parts of South Africa. It is a member of the aloe family. Despite the harsh conditions they may live for 80 years.

The tree grows to a height of around 7 metres. In the months of June and July they produce yellow flowers which attract birds such as the sugarbirds. The trees are also popular with Sociable Weavers who may build their massive communal nests in them.

How did the tree get its common name of Quiver Tree? It comes from the Bushmen who make quivers for their arrows by hollowing out the branches of the tree.

The Quiver Tree is commonly used in landscape gardens in drier areas of the world.

References and further reading

What Aloe is That? - Author: Eric Judd - Published: 1967 - Page: 16

Wildflowers of the Northern Cape - Author: Jill Adams - Published: 1976 - Page: 12

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 108

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 37

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 159

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 17

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 16

Sasol First Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: John Manning - Published: 2018 - Page: 17

Sasol First Field Guide to Aloes of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith - Published: 2003 - Page: 24

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2013 - Page: 11

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 392

SA Wild Flower Guide No 1 - Namaqualand and Clanwilliam - Author: A. Le Roux, E. Schelpe and Z. Wahl - Published: 1984 - Page: 28

Guide to the Aloes of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Ben-Erik van Wyk and Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2014 - Page: 40

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 32

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 2009 - Page: 76

Country Life - Issue 266 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 28

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 157

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 18

Cacti and Succulents in Habitat - Author: Ken Preston-Mafham - Published: 1994 - Page: 137

Aloes in Southern Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk, Gideon F. Smith - Published: 2008 - Page: 58

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 77

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