By: Ernst J van Jaarsveld (Author), Eric Judd (Author)
74 pages, 7 plates with colour & b/w illustrations; 62 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations
Aloes and the flat-topped Acacia species are characteristic of the African landscape and are true icon species of Africa. Aloes remain one of the most popular garden succulents due to their attractive ﬂowers, their appealing architecture and ease of growth.
Their diversity in growth form allows a plant for each situation. They grow in varied habitats such as the dry Namib Desert along the southwestern coast of Africa, to the moist forest from eastern Africa, to open grasslands, from almost sea level to 3,000 m of the Drakensberg Escarpment.
However, it is the tree aloes which have recently gained popularity, locally and abroad. They create much interest because of their striking, bold, often symmetrical neat shapes and drought tolerance. They are masters of water conservation.
The Tree Aloes of Africa deals with the seven African tree aloes, six of the section Dracoaloe, of which three grow in the western half of Africa and three in the eastern half.
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