NAMIBIA: A Quivertree Forest
The quivertree or kokerboom (Aloe dichotoma) is a tree sized aloe plant native to large areas of southern Namibia. It is often found isolated or in small clumps on rocky slopes; however, near the southeastern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop it grows in a dense stand covering a rocky outcrop. These images were made there. The common name “quivertree” refers to the supposed use of its branches by local San hunters to make quivers for their arrows. The Quivertree is well adapted to arid conditions, its fibrous trunk and branches and thick succulent leaves being highly effective for water storage. The yellow, waxy and corky textured bark is especially striking in early or late light when the sun is low; and the trees take on a spectral quality when photographed against the strikingly clear night skies of the area.