Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adansonia digitata - Baobab


General Information
Common Name Baobab
Scientific Name Adansonia digitata
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 10–25 m (33–80 ft)
Spread up to 15 m (up to 50 ft)
Growth Rate Moderate 
Bloom Time Winter
Color Green
Flower Color White
Type Tree
Native Africa
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Malvales
Family Bombacaceae – Kapok-tree family
Genus Adansonia L. – adansonia
Species A. digitata

Adansonia digitata - Baobab
Adansonia digitata common name is Baobab. Baobab is mainly native to Africa is associated with rainfall patterns of the Atlantic coast counties. It is very limited in Central Africa, and it is found only in the very north of Southern Africa. In Eastern Africa, the trees grow also in shrublands and on the coast. In Angola and Namibia, the baobabs grow in woodlands. It is also found in Dhofar region of Oman and Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, Asia. This tree is also found in India, particularly in the dry regions of the country.
This is a large and distinctive tree. It grows up to 25m (80 ft). It is also a long living tree, some large individuals living to well over a thousand years of age. Leaves borne at the ends of branches, they are usually divided into 5‒7 leaflets attached to a central point. The tree bears very large, heavy, white flowers. The showy flowers are pendulous with a very large number of stamens. The fruits grow up to 35 cm long and 13 cm wide. They are filled with pulp that dries, hardens, and falls to pieces which look like chunks of powdery, dry bread. This is an important indigenous fruit tree, the fruit pulp (rich in vitamin C) is eaten on its own or mixed in porridge and is also used for making soft drinks. Seeds are used as a thickener for soups, and leaves are eaten as a vegetable or in soups.


Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab : Flower

Adansonia digitata - Baobab : Fruits

Adansonia digitata - Baobab : Fruit

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

Adansonia digitata - Baobab

1 comment:

Annie Gaddis said...

What Zones can these be grown in?

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