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(d) ALOE FEROX I – Botanical Print
‘This signed, limited edition print from an original watercolour is the first in a series of Aloe paintings I am working on.’
The uniquely shaped Aloe’s are common features in various landscapes across Southern and Eastern Africa. There are more than 600 recognized species and of these, 155 occur in South Africa, some of them being endemic. Aloe Ferox is well known for its brightly coloured flowers that are filled with nectar and provide a welcome source of food in winter. This aloe forms a beautiful display and attracts many bird species such as sunbirds, weavers, glossy starlings and mousebirds. Insects also visit the flowers which in turn brings yet more birds. Monkeys and baboons will often raid the aloes for nectar. All these visitors usually leave adorned with large patches of pollen.
Aloes often occur in environments that are prone to regular fires and several strategies exist that allow them to survive these fires. Aloe Ferox maintain a dense ‘skirt’ of old leaves around the stem which acts as an insulator against the heat of a fire.
This species is also well known for its medicinal properties; the leaf sap and pulp are used to treat arthritis, conjunctivitis and sinusitis. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and is also claimed to have antiviral properties. Aloe Ferox is used in health tonics, nutritional supplements, cosmetics and skin-care products such as shampoos, soaps and moisturising lotions.
Some aloes are part of cultural superstitions, Aloe variegata is planted on graves to ensure eternal life and in rural areas Aloes are often used as live animal enclosures or as natural hedges and boundary fences.
Signed print from an original watercolour painting.
Size: 560mm x 760mm
This print is delivered rolled into a tube, ready for framing. Free worldwide courier delivery.
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Signed, limited edition print from an original watercolour painting.
Printed on 425 GSM Fine Art Archival Canvas and delivered rolled into a tube, ready for stretching or framing. Free worldwide courier delivery.
Limited edition print of 100.
|Dimensions||56 × 76 × 1 cm|
565MM x 765MM