Beautiful baobab trees – interesting facts and pictures
These majestic giants are subjects of many legends and one of the most recognizable symbols of the African continent. Let's learn more about them with these 5 baobab tree facts.
- baobabs are all trees belonging to the genus Adansonia;
- there are 9 different species;
- one species is native to Australia, while others grow in Madagascar and mainland Africa;
- at the beginning of the 21st century, African baobabs started rapidly dying, and the reason is still unknown.
#1 Many large baobabs live to be more than a thousand years old
The oldest flowering plant ever documented was a baobab – it was around 2,450 years old when it died in 2011.
#2 Baobabs' enormous trunks have been used as pubs, jails, chapels and post offices
The size of these trees allowed people to use them in many creative ways. Baobabs can be 5 to 30 m (16 to 98 ft) high and their trunks have diameters of 7 to 11 m (23 to 36 ft).
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#3 Eating the baobab fruit and leaves has many health benefits
The baobab fruit weighs about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb), has a velvety shell and tart pulp which tastes like sorbet with a citrus flavor. The fruit contains a great amount of vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron. Young baobab leaves are used in salads, soups and drinks.
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#4 Baobab flowers open at night and fall within 24 hours
Their main pollinators are several species of fruit bat.
#5 Their trunks can hold thousands of litres of water
That's why many animals eat baobab bark to maintain water balance.
Have you ever seen a baobab with your own eyes? Do you know any other interesting baobab tree facts?
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