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Namibian farm - aloe plant


A sight often seen on this farm. Aloes of a larger variety, that often towers over the surrounding shrub. My guess is that this one stands at just over 3 meters tall. The 'trunk' is hidden behind the thorn shrub.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 21 Sep 2015, 04:33
Blooming aloes are a fine sight, Louis.
Louis: I have some shots of bloomin' aloes too, Ray
So beautiful and graceful Louis!
Louis: They do stand out in the flat landscape, Richard.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 21 Sep 2015, 07:02
I have never seen a picture of one in bloom, Louis
Louis: Heh, heh. Especially for you, I will put up such a picture. The 'flowers' on this one, is just the remaining seed pods, Lisl.
ALOE...one of the plants we rarely see in real life but know the benefits of! Beautiful, Louis.
Louis: Pretty useful, they are, Ginnie
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2015, 07:15
What a wonderful plant. Great shot here. I wonder if the farmer has a lot of these plants ans sells the leaves??
Louis: There may be a couple of thousand plants on this farm. To the best of my knowledge he doesn't harvest the leaves. I have seen it done on a farm in South Africa, once.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Sep 2015, 07:45
Standing head & shoulders above the other stuff
Louis: It does, Chris
Aloe is just something on a shampoo bottle label.....No it isn't!!
Louis: It is also on some other bottles, too, Bill smile
I have seen aloe in Mexico but green not brown. This is a gorgeous shot, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Mary. Apparently, there are 625 aloe species in Southern Africa. Some green, some spotted, some purplish and some even brown. On some the colours may vary slightly from season to season.

This one is Aloe littoralis
It has a shape rather like a candelabra doesn't it.
Louis: It does, yes, Brian
A lovely plant... I would love to see more...
Louis: Thank you Larry. Here are some links to see more:
http://www.aloestudies.org/species.html This one has a list of roughly 625 species in our region and most of them have pictures smile
I guess that's the remains of the blossoms - amazing
Louis: Yes Tom, they are mostly empty seed pods on stalks.
gorgeous shot, Louis. it looks hardy and resilient
Louis: Very hardy indeed, Ayush, thank you.
it a wonderful image of the aloe plant Louis... i still find that the farms in Namibia are very rugged in the dry season....petersmile
Louis: Hah, and they are just more green in summer, but still rugged, peter smile

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