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As a comment about Quiver Tree (Aloidendron dichotomum), Bonehead wrote:

National plant of Namibia. The branches were used to make quivers, hence the name. Insects, birds, and mammals are drawn to the nectar, and it provides nesting sites for sociable weavers. Interestingly, a hollowed out dead plant can be used as a natural refrigerator as the fibrous tissue of the trunk has a cooling effect. Young flower buds are edible and taste similar to asparagus.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 16, 2018 8:09 PM CST
Some interesting details there... Thumbs up Where did you see this was the national plant of Namibia? The plant that tends to show up on their national coat of arms (plus a couple of local ones) and the currency is Welwitschia

http://www.gov.na/national-sym...
http://www.orusovo.com/symbols...
http://www.info-namibia.com/ac...

The only aloe I've heard of being used as an official symbol in Namibia is Aloe littoralis (coat of arms for Windhoek) which appeared in addition to Welwitschia on the 5 cent coin.

http://currencies.wikia.com/wi...

This is all highly random, I realize, but now I'm curious about where the quiver aloe shows up as a national plant. It certainly is a most striking aloe.

*edit: Now that I've looked more carefully at the rest of the money, I can see the quiver aloe on a different coin (along with Welwitschia). Cool! Smiling Another random factoid: this plant was on the money.

http://currencies.wikia.com/wi...
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 16, 2018 8:31 PM CST
Here's where I got it. I just found it to be a very interesting plant and did some random research. Hard to tell what's legit or not.
https://www.arkive.org/quiver-...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 16, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Thank you very much. It looks for real. The original source appears here (pdf download), along with some interesting details about climate change.

https://portals.iucn.org/libra...
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lovesblooms
Mar 17, 2018 7:15 AM CST
I want an aloe refrigerator!
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Ursula
Mar 17, 2018 7:34 AM CST
We have seen these most interesting trees in Namibia on a month long trip coming through this area in 2007.
Köcher Bäume or Quiver trees.

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 17, 2018 10:03 AM CST
Thank you for the pictures. They are quite striking. Those trees are amazing plants to survive in such a dry and desolate place, without any summer rain at all in many cases. Parts of Baja California are like that, and they have their own megaflora survivors. I would love to see the quiver aloes first hand. Smiling

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