Interesting Facts About the Quiver Tree and Quiver Tree Forest
Vegetations in arid or dry areas are very rare that’s why inhabitants on these particular regions of the Earth see to it that each and every species are used to the fullest extent. We are already in the so-called “cyberspace age” but there are still some group of people in the world that are primitive. Their primary source of living is gathering and hunting – using bow and arrow. So what is the connection of the quiver tree to this?
Quiver Tree is one of the rarest plants in the world. It is also one of the most expensive trees. Quiver Tree is a unique plant that can only be found somewhere in the continent of Africa.
Here are some interestingly cool facts about this desert plant and forest.
1.) The Quiver Tree Forest or Köcherbaumwald in Afrikaans is a forest found in Namibia.
2.) This forest is a popular and a well-known tourist attraction in the southern part of the country.
3.) The forest comprises about 250 specimens of Aloe dichotoma, a species of aloe that is also locally known as "quiver tree".
4.) Quiver tree is Kokerboom in afrikaans. It is called “quiver tree” because Bushmen use its branches to make quivers.
Quiver Tree Forest
5.) This unique forest is spontaneous; the highest quiver trees are up to 3 centuries old.
6.) Quiver Tree Forest was declared a national monument of Namibia in 1995.
7.) Giant’s Playground, another tourist attraction of Namibia, is located near the Quiver Tree Forest. This geological site is a vast pile of large dolerite rocks.
8.) Aloe dichotoma is known as Choje to the indigenous San people.
9.) There are 3 known species of aloes that inhabit the same arid areas of the Richtersveld and the Namib Desert.
10.) Aloe dichotoma is cultivated in the southwestern United States for use in landscaping.
11.) The slow growth rate and relative rarity of the plant make it a particularly expensive specimen.
12.) The Giant Quiver or Aloe pillansii is also called Bastard Quiver Tree.
13.) This plant is a critically endangered species of tree in the Aloaceae family.
14.) This aloe grows up to 15 meters in height and is slightly similar to Aloe dichotoma.
15.) The Giant Quiver is severely threatened by habitat loss.