SA No. 467

Adansonia digitata

Kremetart / Baobab

Family: Bombacaceae

kremetart

For sure the most photogenic tree in South Africa, if not in the world. When their leaves are off they look like upside down trees with their roots in the air! With their unthinkable huge trunks they are undoubtedly one of natures wonders, and one of the most remarkable trees on the planet. Some of the biggest ones have trunks with a diameter of up to 16 metres! If you ever have the chance to stand next to one of these giants, you will understand the magnificence of these ancient 3000 year old creations. Overwhelming… Humans break the large fruit open and eat the white powdery flesh of the seeds. It has a sour but nice taste. Try it if you can get your hands on one!

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Birds:

Bats and bushbabies are attracted by the nectar in the huge flowers, and also pollinate the flowers when they drink the nectar.

Animals:

Impalas, Kudus, Elephants, Nyalas and Bushbucks eat the leaves. Duikers, Bushbucks, Warthogs, Baboons and Bushpigs eat the flowers from the ground. Baboons also eat the fruit. Elephants can often cause huge damage to these trees by tripping of their bark.

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Where can i find this tree. Locations to follow soon – watch this space!

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