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Aloe Pillansii (Giant Quiver tree)

(Very rare and endangered)

Reuse Kokerboom

Type = Tree Aloe

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Scientific Name :
Aloe pillansii
Family :
Asphodelaceae (as-foh-del-AY-see-ay)
Common Names :
Giant Quiver tree : Bastard Quiver tree
Genus :
Afrikaans Name :
Reuse Kokerboom
Specie :
pillansii ( (pil-AN-see-eye)
sun Exposure
Full Sun
Origin :
S.A Nothern Cape Richtersveld & Namibie
best season
Frost protection in winter
6-12 meter
Foliage:The yellowish-grey trunk splits dichotomously into erect branches, that never spread and terminate in large rosettes of thick fleshy grayish leaves (600mm in length).  The leaves are falcately deflexed and have whitish-cartilaginous edges with cartilaginous teeth.
Flower Color: Inflorescence is branched and downward facing and flowers are bright yellow in color and slightly swollen in the middle.
Soil Requirements :
Water needs:
Other Details: (also called Bastard Quiver Tree) is a species of plant in the Aloaceae family. It is found in Namibia and South Africa. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Other Info:Aloe pillansii occurs from Cornell's Kop in the Richtersveld northwards to Brandberg in Namibia.Aloe pillansii is named after Neville S. Pillans, a well-known Cape botasnist who first collected Aloe pillansii. Aloe pillansi has been placed on the endangered specie list due to ove-grazing and collecting.

This is the holy grail of tree aloes and is one of the most beautiful aloes over all. It has neat, small, wide arched, fat leaves of silvery-grey ribbed with pale yellow spines all along the edges. The trunk is smooth and fat, similar to A dichotoma, and can get quite tall- the tallest of all the Aloes potentially growing up to 45'. However, this is also one of the rarest aloes now, having been so overcollected from its native Africa that it's nearly extinct. Finding a specimen is exciting, as I did recently in a nursery in Pasadena (of course it wasn't for sale, and if it had, I wouldn't have been able to afford it- even the seed of this aloe is costly).

Appears to be a winter grower... excess summer water can rot these, but some water does result in a slight bit of growth in the warmer months... but plant definitely grows faster in the cool season


Cultivation:  Aloe pillansii is and easy plant to cultivate. A well drained soil is required, with careful watering. Full sun is required and frost protection in winter is required. propagation seed and Cuttings .


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