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The quiver tree or Aloe dichotoma or Kokerboom is probably the best known aloe found in South Africa and Namibia.

This distinctive tree aloe has smooth branches, which are covered with a thin layer of whitish powder that helps to reflect away the hot sun's rays. The bark on the trunk forms beautiful golden brown scales. The crown is often densely rounded as a result of the repeatedly forked branches, hence the species name dichotoma (dichotomous meaning forked).

The green leaves are borne on terminal rosettes and its bright yellow flowers are borne from June to July. The young flower buds can be eaten and have a similar appearance and taste to asparagus.

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