This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Aloe pillansii or the Giant Quiver Tree (Reusekokerboom Afr.) as the plants are often referred to, is restricted to the very hot desert areas of the northern Richtersveld and southern Namibia.

Although Aloe pillansii resembles Aloe dichotoma in general appearance, it is a much larger tree Aloe and can grow to a height of over 10 meters.

The most significant difference between the two tree Aloes is that whereas A dichotoma has flowers that stand upright. the yellow flowers of Aloe pillansii bend down under the crown of leaves. Aloe pillansii is less branched then the other and the branches are erect.

Aloe pillansii is a rare species and regarded as endangered.

Aloe pillansii

Aloe pillansii

Aloe pillansii

Aloe pillansii is also known as Bastard Quiver Tree.

The propagation is from seed which is not readily available. The plants like hot and dry conditions with a well drained soil.