Joined: Sat May 31, 2008 10:01 pm Posts: 1 Location: western cape
I hope I am in the right place. We enjoyed the Karoo Nature Park in Beaufortwest. We are more interested in plants especially aloes than in animals. That must be why we saw many wild animals and no (nearly) aloes. The aloes in the gardens were lovely but after searching what seemed all over the huge reserve we only found one small Aloe broomii trampled and hanging onto its last leaf. The geology and nature is very interesting in this region.
There are two Aloe species in Karoo National Park. Aloe broomii is one, and it occurs mainly on mountain slopes and on high altitudes. It is not abundant but is more common in the Mountain View section of the Park. It is not palatable, so animals won't browse on it, except perhaps eland which may do so during severe droughts. According to the species list and herbarium records, the other species is Aloe variegata - a small aloe with spots on its leaves. The section ranger says he has not seen this species yet in the Park but it is listed in the records.
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