Botany | Baobab

Did you know that the study of trees is called dendrology?

Wikipedia has the following to say about the Baobab:

Adansonia digitata (baobab) is the most widespread of the Adansonia species, and is native to the African continent. The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a watercourse from afar.[2] Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall,[3][4] and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years.[5] They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition.[3] Explorers of old were inclined to carve their names on baobabs, and many are defaced by modern graffiti.[2] Common names for the baobab include dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruit), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots) and cream of tartar tree (cream of tartar).

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