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Baobab is the common name of a genus (Adansonia) with 8 species of trees native to Madagascar, mainland Africa & Australia. Also known as Bottle Trees, they typically store @ 300 liters of water! They can live over 1,000 years. This imposing & unusual tree is endemic to the island of Madagascar, where it's an endangered species threatened by the encroachment of agricultural land. Grandidiers baobabs have massive cylindrical trunks, up to 3 meters across, covered with smooth, reddish-grey bark.
The amazing baobab [wiki] (Adansonia) or monkey bread tree can grow up to nearly 100 feet (30 m) tall and 35 feet (11 m) wide. Their defining characteristic: their swollen trunk are actually water storage - the baobab tree can store as much as 31,700 gallon (120,000 l) of water to endure harsh drought conditions.
Baobab Tree in Africa, Mother Nature is amazing!
I love Baobab trees. I don't know if it was The Little Prince that inspired that love or my travels in Africa - Probably both.
The Unusual Adansonia Tree: Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one to Australia. A typical common name is Baobab. Other common names include Boab, Boaboa, Tbaldi, Bottle Tree, Upside-down Tree, and Monkey Bread Tree.
Baobab - the upside down tree. The Baobab tree is a strange looking tree that grows in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia. The Baobab is also called the upside-down tree because when bare of leaves, the spreading branches of the Baobab look like roots sticking up into the air, as if it had been planted upside-down. The "Tree of Life" at Animal Kingdom in Disneyworld is patterened after this tree.
Baobab Alley ~ Morondava, Toliara, Madagascar • photo: peace-on-earth.org on Flickr ☛ www.flickr.com/...
Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra Dragon Tree or Dragon Blood Tree, is a Dragon Tree native to the Socotra archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so called due to the red sap that the trees produce.
Mystery Tree. Take a good look! :)
The Baobab Tree can store up to 32,000 gallons of water in its trunk.
ethereal Photo by Matt Claghorn...found here....http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattclaghorn/1715353611
Alone tree. Painting.
broceliande forest - bretagne - france - Ponthus under sunlights by philippe MANGUIN photographies, via Flickr
love this tree #gnarly
Madagascar. Malagasy children and baobab trees | Flickr by cratzy
Miks' Pics "Trees l" board @ www.pinterest.com...
Animal Kingdom at Disney World www.focalglasses.com Best Vision in The World!