The Baobab Tree, Africa

I remember being in awe of these trees when I visited Africa in 2006.There’s something almost spiritual about them.

They are found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. The southern most trees of this type are to be found in the far north of South Africa. I found this one while in Kruger national Park.

Sometimes called the “upside down” tree this species can also be found in India and we have our own type found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and east into Northern Territory.

The leaves and fruit are high in nutrients and are commonly eaten both  fresh and dried. Indigenous Australians use baobabs as a source of water and food, and use leaves medicinally.


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