In support of National Tree Week, today we celebrate the beautiful and aptly named “upside-down tree”
Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia. Baobabs store large volumes of water in their trunks – which is why elephants, eland and other animals chew the bark during dry seasons. Baobabs are utilised by humans for many purposes, including shelter, ceremonies, food, medicine, fiber, juices and beer. A specimen of Baobab known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees.