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Useful Tropical Plants

Aloe dichotoma

Masson

Asphodelaceae


It has been proposed in Phytotaxa 76(1): 9 (2013) to transfer this taxon to the genus Aloidendron as Aloidendron dichotomum (Masson) R.R.Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.. This has been accepted in the African Plant Database[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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], but not as yet (2013) by the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families'[
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Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
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Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Aloe montana Schinz

Aloe ramosa Haw.

Aloidendron dichotomum (Masson) R.R.Klopper & Gideon F.Sm.

Rhipidodendrum dichotomum (Masson) Willd.

Common Name:

Aloe dichotoma
Tree
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General Information

Aloe dichotoma is a succulent, evergreen tree with a small, rounded crown; it can grow from 3 - 9 metres tall. The bole can be unbranched for more than half of the tree's height, the branches only bearing leaves in terminal clusters[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. It is planted as an ornamental in South Africa[
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Known Hazards

The bark on the trunk forms beautiful golden brown scales, but beware, the edges of these scales are razor sharp[
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The sap of Aloe species contains anthraquinones. These compounds have several beneficial medicinal actions, particularly as a laxative, and many species of Aloe are thus employed in traditional medicine. Whilst safe in small doses and for short periods of time, anthraquinones do have potential problems if used in excess. These include congestion and irritation of the pelvic organs[
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]. Long term use of anthraquinone laxatives may also play a role in development of colorectal cancer as they have genotoxic potential, and tumorigenic potential[
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Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Southern Africa
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Author
Roux J.P.
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http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
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Year
2003
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Description
An excellent on-line resource.

Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, S. Africa.

Habitat

Open, rocky areas in arid savannah[
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]. Arid, rocky hillsides in Namaqualand broken veld, succulent karoo and various karroid grassland veld types[
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Flora of Southern Africa
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Author
Roux J.P.
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http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
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Year
2003
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An excellent on-line resource.
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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
PollinatorsSunbirds
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of arid areas in the tropics and subtropics. It can tolerate occasional, short-lived temperatures as low as -5°c so long as conditions are not wet[
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Title
Flora of Southern Africa
Publication
 
Author
Roux J.P.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
Publisher
 
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line resource.
]. The trunk is not as hardy as the leaves and benefits from some protection in colder weather[
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Succeeds in full sun to light shade[
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]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
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Trees can live for over 80 years[
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Aloe species follow the Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM). CAM plants can fix carbon dioxide at night and photosynthesize with closed stomata during the day, thus minimizing water loss. This, plus their succulent leaves and stems, and the presence of a thick cuticle, makes them well adapted to dry conditions[
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Edible Uses

Young flower buds - cooked[
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Medicinal

A decoction of the roots is taken to treat asthma and tuberculosis[
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Contains photos and basic information on the plant and its uses. So far just over 70 species appear on the site, though they say that it is a work in progress.
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The distinctive constituents in Aloe leaves are phenolic compounds, including chromone, anthraquinone or anthrone derivatives. Some of the compounds are found in many species, whereas others occur in only a few[
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Other Uses

The hollow branches have been used as quivers for arrows[
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http://www.gateway-africa.com/fuanaflora/index.html
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The porous inner fibre of the trunk has been used as cooling material[
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Large trunks of dead trees are hollowed out and used as a natural fridge. Water, vegetables, etc are stored inside it. The fibrous tissue of the trunk has a cooling effect as air passes through it, forming a so-called natural fridge[
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Propagation

Seed - we have no specific information on this species - in general Aloes are sown in a sandy, well-drained potting soil in a warm, shady position in standard seed trays. Germination takes about three weeks. Cover the seed with a thin layer of sand (1 - 2mm), keep moist. The seedlings can be planted out in individual bags or containers as soon as they are large enough to handle[
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Truncheons can be used for propagation. They must be dried out for at least 3 weeks before planting in river sand. This is quite a difficult alternative and success is not always guaranteed[
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