Why they call it MARLOTH PARK
Named after Rudolf Marloth, a South African botanist, this species of aloe has an especially large robust head of stiff, grey-green leaves. These leaves can be up to 1.5m in length and usually densely covered in short spines on the convex lower surfaces and less so on the concave upper surfaces. Like many other arborescent aloe species, this Aloe is more spiny when it is small and as it becomes taller and less vulnerable to grazing, it loses many of the spines from its leaf surfaces. It normally has a trunk densely covered by the withered old leaves.
The inflorescence is a much-branched panicle with up to 30 or exceptionally 50 racemes. Flower colour varies a great deal, and ranges from yellow through orange (most common) to bright red. Flowering takes place through the winter months, as is the case with most aloes.
The distinctively horizontal branches of its inflorescence is an easy way to distinguish this species from other aloes. For this reason it is sometimes known as the flat-flowered aloe. (However, the type known as Aloe spectabilis, has taller, less horizontal inforescences.) The densely packed flowers all tend to point upwards from the raceme.
When not in flower, it is easily confused with the closely related Zimbabwe Aloe, and with the similar-looking Cape Aloe and African Aloe species to the south.
There are more then 22 000 difrent species indigenous seed plants in South Africa in 2180 orden and in 227 family’s We try to keep Marloth Park as natural as possible, it is therefore absolutely forbidden to have non-native plants and animals in Marloth park also dogs and cats are absolutely prohibited, and we would rather hear the lions at night than the barking of a dog. This might transmit diseases to the native animals and spread it over in the Kruger or in the lion Spruit reserve. the non native plants overgrow the native plants and natural vegetation, that way our native animals have no food. Marloth park also has a wealth of insects and birds. Marloth park consists of two parts, the part where houses are scattered and the Lionspruit reserve, the reserve is from of the people who own a house in Marloth and is operated by the honarary rangers and guarded by game rangers, our rangers also work closely with the rangers at the Kruger park and have thus been some successes achieved by catching poachers. We also try with the residents to watch as much as possible and observe strange activities, because even in Marloth park there come poachers with bows poaching.
Here some photo’s from MARLOTH PARK EN LION SPRUIT