Richtersveld safari 2013; (Quiver tree forest)

by Pete August. 05, 2013 6665 views

The Quiver Tree Forest monument was recorded in the Official Gazette as being ‘a spectacular collection of quiver trees near Keetmanshoop and were described as ’consisting of approxiamately 250-300 large Aloe dichotoma trees, spread over an area of approxiamately 500 by 500 yards (457.2 by 457.2m). The quiver tree gets its name from the habit of the indigenous San Bushmen who made quivers from the branches of the plant as containers for their (poisonous) arrows.

It deserves to be celebrated as one of Namibia's national monuments as it is one of the most interesting and characteristic plants that grows in a hot, dry southern region of the country. It is found in Namibia from Keetmanshoop as far north as Usakos.

Botanists have been unable to determine the age of the trees in this forest, and carbon dating in South Africa shows that the quiver tree does not live exceptionally long and claims that they can attain an age of thousands of years are pure speculation and unfounded. But it is believed that large trees up to 5m in height could be some 200 years old.

  Be the first to like this post
Join the conversation
14
There are 14 comments , add yours!
Tomie Poodle 7 years, 3 months ago

Amazing trees!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 3 months ago

Very beautiful set ... and trees ...to look at.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Rozariasbanned 7 years, 3 months ago

love these :)

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jennifer Venter 7 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful !! #1 and the last one are my favourites !

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 3 months ago

thanks all
almost done

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow!!! Awesome colors, depth, and composition in these images, Pete! Great post!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 7 years, 3 months ago

They're a magnificent sight.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 3 months ago

Very interesting...thanks for the explanation of these exotic looking trees! Love the lighting in #2

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Astrid 7 years, 3 months ago

Special trees

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 3 months ago

It is a very strange looking tree, almost prehistoric...

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
John Parsons 7 years, 3 months ago

Great shots - its always interesting to read the info behind the photos..

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 3 months ago

Such clear shots in these sunny skies.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Geya Besse Junqueira 7 years, 3 months ago

Very unusual and interesting, I've never seen Aloe Vera so big!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 7 years, 3 months ago

Woooooooow
Marvelous
Great capture
Thanks for these beautiful plants and informations about them

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com