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This post is for Noel who remarked the other day that he had never heard of a Quiver Tree. Hope you enjoy this one Noel and the note gives you a little info too.

The Quiver Tree looks strangely alien as it stands silhouetted against the swiftly setting sun.

The Quiver Tree Forest is the most southerly concentration of Quiver trees (Aloe Dichotoma) in South Africa and the largest aloe forest in the world. This aloe tree forest was a gathering place of Khoisan (Bushman) hunters who would journey here in days long gone to source holders for their arrows. The hollowed out branches of the tree made excellent quivers to hold their poisoned hunting arrows.
These trees, which have distinctive smooth branches and scale-like bark, grow up to 400 years old and produce vivid yellow flowers in May, June and July, as they have been doing for many thousands of years.

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