BAOBAB – Adonsonia digitata
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Captured Location: Limpopo Province, South Africa

Nikon D50
Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/320 sec – F/5
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200

Unmistakable massive squat tree to 25m, in low dry bushveld, often on alluvial soil along rivers and floodplains.

MAIN STEM: massive to 15m in diam.
FLOWERS: In leaf axils; solitary; large waxy white +/- 150mm in diam.
FRUIT: An avoid capsule with woody shell; covered with grey to golden hairs; +/- 200×100mm; numerous seeds embedded in flowery pulp.
DISTRIBUTION: From the Blyde area northwards through the Limpopo Province, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and throughout tropical Africa and Madagascar.
GENERAL: Wood light and useless. Bark is used to make rope and nets. Leaves are eaten as a vegetable. White pulp of fruit contains tartaric acid and makes a refreshing drink to relieve fevers and diarrhea. Leaves and Bark used to treat fevers and diarrhea, and believed to reduce sweating.
Bark commercially sold in Europe under the name “cortex cael cedar” and used to treat fevers.
Humans often chew the seeds. The heartwood of trees often dies, and bark is formed on the inside; this cavity is often filled with water, which is used in dry areas by humans, birds, leopards and genets; this is also a breeding area for mosquitoes.
It is estimated that large trees can be older than 4 000 years, a tree with a diam.of 5 m is about 1 000 years old. When they die, they simply collapse in a big mass.

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Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    That is one useful tree – we never stop learning – Super job all around my friend!!….Tony

  • Thank you so much Tony, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2about 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture Mags!! Great write up on the history of it!!

  • Thank you so much dear Vics xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Fascinating account, Maggie. There was a massive one where we were staying in Mtwapa that seemed to delight in dropping its fruit when we were nearby – fortunately it wasn’t a good shot!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

    Lucky! Think it would be a hard one if it hit you!

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Thank you so very much trish xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Have to ask … does the decking around the tree require trimming regularly?

  • Thanks Trish. Very seldom!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 4 years ago

    Amazing tree. Good shot, Magaret and so interesting.

  • Thank you so very much Carol x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 4 years ago


  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you so very much x

    – Magaret Meintjes

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