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Aloe pillansii
SL. Guthrie
Asphodelaceae - CITES App. II

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.

Aloe pillansii South African national tree number is 30.

Aloe pillansii is not easily mistake for Aloe dichotoma. Aloe pillansii can be easily distinguished from a Quiver Tree by looking at the inflorescence that is borne almost horizontally from the rosette. Aloe pillansii is also far more robust than Aloe dichotoma.

Common Names: Giant Quiver Tree, Reusekokerboom.
Status: Endangered due to overgrazing and collection.
Distribution: Aloe pillansii occurs from Cornell's Kop in the Richtersveld northwards to Brandberg in Namibia.
Description of Aloe pillansii:
The yellowish-grey trunk splits dichotomously into erect branches, that never spread and terminate in large rosettes of thick fleshy greyish-green leaves (600mm in length).  The leaves are falcately deflexed and have whitish-cartilaginous edges with cartilaginous teeth.
Flower Description :
Inflorescence is branched and downward facing and flowers are yellow in colour and slightly swollen in the middle.
Flowering Time: Aloe pillansii flowers in October.
Cultivation of Aloe pillansii:
Light: Full sun.
Watering: Careful watering.
Frost Protection: Required.
Notes: 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. (USDA 8 - 10).

Picture: Aloe pillansii in habitat in the Richtersveld.

Aloe pillansii photographed in the Richtersveld.

Photographer: Philip Desmett


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