Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trees at the Karoo Desert Botanical Garden

Two of the most interesting trees at the Karoo Desert Botanical Garden are the Quiver Tree and the Chinese Lantern Tree. Both are indigenous to South Africa and Namibia. The Quiver Tree bark is hard, but it's soft and spongy inside. Historically, the Bushmen used these branches by hollowing them out to make quivers for their arrows. Interestingly, there is only one species of the Chinese Lantern Tree, it can survive in extreme heat, it's drought resistant, and it feeds honeybees.

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The Quiver Tree

The Chinese Lantern Tree

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