Baobab is a large tree with a dramatic shape. Native to tropical Africa, baobabs live up to 3,000 years. The trunk swells to hold thousands of liters of water. Its impressive girth grows to over 10 meters in diameter. As a solitary tree growing in hot, dry savannas, the baobab is striking amongst a barren landscape.
Elephants sometimes tear apart the baobab to drink water from inside the tree. Fruit, seeds, and leaves are edible. Dry powder covering the fruit is high in vitamins. Seeds are used to thicken soups and gravies. Leaves are high in minerals and protein. Wood is used for fuel and as lumber.
Culturally, it is believed that eating a flower will put one at high risk of being eaten by a lion; however, drinking water where a baobab seed has been soaked will protect you from a crocodile attack.
The flowers bloom at night and are pollinated by moths, bats, and nocturnal insects.
- Cultural significance
- No dangers