Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Aloe dichotoma Masson

Aloe dichotoma

Leaves and flowers

Family: Asphodelaceae
Full name: Aloe dichotoma Masson
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Kokerboom
English common name(s): Quiver tree
Synonym(s): -
Status: Near-endemic
Description: Trees 3-9 m tall, with many dichotomous branches. Leaves 10-20 per rosette, lorate-lanceolate, 200-350 x 20-50 mm, slightly biconvex to shallowly channelled, glaucous green. Inflorescence robust, erect, 3-5-branched, 150-300 mm tall; bracts deltoid-cirrhous, 4.0-8.0 x 0.5-3.0 mm, 1-3-nerved. Flowers lemon-yellow to canary-yellow, 27-150 (?) mm long, cylindric-ventricose; outer segments connate in basal third, inner segments free; pedicels 5-10 mm long. Anthers exserted 1-20 mm Ovary 6-9 x 3-5 mm, pale brown; style exserted 9-15 mm. Fruit 30-45 x 15-20 mm, yellow-ochre. Seeds ochre-grey, 16.5 x 9.0 x 3.0 mm including a broad wing. Flowering time June to July. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)

Arborescent, with a very much branched trunk 20–30 ft. long, 3–4 ft. diam.; leaves in a dense rosette at the tip of the branches, lanceolate, 6–8 in. long, 1–1.25 in. broad low down, 0.25– 0.333 in. thick in the centre, very glaucous, unspotted, nearly flat on the face, rounded on back, sometimes smooth, sometimes studded over with copious minute prickles; margin with small, white, deltoid teeth; peduncle short, stout, branched; racemes lax, 3–6 in. long, with a stout, sulcate rachis; pedicels ascending, 0.25– 0.333 in. long; bracts minute, lanceolate; perianth oblong, bright yellow, about an inch long; tube much shorter than the segments, the three outer of which are valvate in bud; style and stamens distinctly exserted. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 26 May 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/500 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 03 Oct 2022

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