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:Aloes (aloe)
Scientific name
Aloe dichotoma

The (aloe dichotoma) or on Africa to the Kokerboom, is not a tree, but an aloe, as its botanischer name betrays aloe dichotoma. Dichotoma refers to the forked sticks, which always consist of two branches. It becomes meters high and over a meter thick up to nine. Its smooth, waxlike bark protects it against draining and not possibly makes it for queues to high-climb at it. Therefore weber birds build gladly their nests in the branches of the for its appearance remind it the viewer of a Kerzenleuchter.

As Sukkulente the can store large quantities water in its spongelike Mark and its sheets, in order to survive longer dry periods. Despite the exclusive occurrence in hot regions, he is not frost sensitive. A dead, already expenditure-dry is very easy, it can by a person without trouble be carried. Usually they grow individually, but in some regions they occur frequently up.

In the first years of its life the appears like a completely normal aloe, which becomes few centimeters large only. Only after 20 - the plant begins to grow 22 years up and train branches. It carries with 20 - for the first time their lightyellow, up to 30 cm, branched out blooms are enough for 30 years. Bloom time is June - July, in the winter in the Southern Hemisphere.


The is to be found mainly in the half deserts of Namibia and in the northwest part of the cape province of South Africa. In Namiba it grows preferentially on the black rock formation Ysterklip, which absorbs the solar radiation very well and which holds roots. The average temperature amounts to here 38"°C.

The particularly dry last years made even the durable to create. In the area of Namib edge and the Fish River Canyon are to be seen and copies in ruins dried up again and again.

Origin of the name

The name was given by Simon van the Stel, governor of the cape region, in the year 1685, to the aloe plant since the shrub men and Hottentotten scooped out suitable branches and used them as for their hunt arrows.

One can admire a particularly large number of (approx. 300) in the northeast from Keetmanshoop. The area was explained 1955 as the Nationalmonument. Independently of it the stands in completely Namibia under nature protection. At the strassengabelung of the M29 and C17 an area, which belongs to the farm Gariganus, is on which the even a forest-like group forms. It was explained 1955 as the national Monument. Most trees are here 200 - 300 years old and for instance 5m high. The Klippschliefer on the area is accustomed visitors and to disappear not immediately behind the next rock, so that one can get her somewhat more near to face.

Close by the is the playground of the giants (Giants Playground), a text book example of block decomposition and desert lacquer.

on a farm in the in the
with enormous weber bird nest

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