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Endangered Plants


Endangered Plants

Aloe pillansii

Common Name: Bastard Quiver Tree

Origin/Habitat: Arid mountain slopes in Northern South Africa.

Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.

Current Status: Critically endangered.

Description: This beautiful tree aloe is native to the Cape Province of South Africa and can grow up to 10 meters tall. It lives in a very hot and dry climate, and stores water in its succulent leaves and trunk. A mature Bastard Quiver Tree is a very impressive specimen. Unfortunately there are less than 200 individuals left and it is listed as critically endangered. According to the IUCN website they are not actively reproducing and the older plants are dying. Its main threats are poaching and habitat loss due to mining and other human related activities.

Where at SDBG: California Gardenscapes



Photos: Rachel Cobb