THE BOABAB FLOWER - BAOBAB – Adonsonia digitata

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Captured Location: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA
Nikon D50
Lens: SIGMA 70-300 MM DG
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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