20 interesting facts about baobabs

The impressive baobab trees can surprise even the worldly-wise botanist. Where else could such an amazing creation of nature grow, if not in Africa, famous for its outlandish flora and fauna? These mighty trees live for a very long time, and they have adapted to survive even in desert conditions. It is really very interesting to admire them.

Interesting facts about baobabs

  1. Like most other deciduous trees, they shed their leaves for the winter. True, not because of the cold, but because of the heat and dryness.
  2. In winter, that is, the driest time, baobabs “lose weight” – they decrease in volume, as they begin to use up the moisture stored in the trunk.
  3. Old baobabs are usually hollow inside. One of them even has a hotel room.
  4. In the African country of Zimbabwe, there is a small train station built inside a giant old baobab tree.
  5. Large baobab flowers reach 20 centimeters in diameter, but their life span is very short – only one night, after which they wither and fall off.
  6. Baobab wood is porous, which helps it store a lot of water. And thanks to this, baobabs are not cut down, since it is difficult to build something durable from such material.
  7. Baobabs have fruits. Outwardly, they resemble hairy cucumbers or melons. By the way, they are quite edible, and monkeys willingly eat them. These fruits taste like fresh ginger.
  8. In Madagascar, the baobab is considered a national symbol (interesting facts about Madagascar).
  9. In circumference, the trunks of the oldest and largest baobabs known to us reach 50 meters.
  10. Baobabs are not pollinated by bees, but by bats that feed on nectar.
  11. The bark torn from this tree grows back very quickly.
  12. A cut down baobab may well take root again and continue to exist in this form.
  13. It is not known for certain how long baobabs live. At least a thousand years, but some scholars give a period of 4,000 years or more.
  14. Some African tribes roast baobab fruits and then brew what they have, resulting in a drink that is vaguely similar to coffee.
  15. From the ashes of baobab wood, African healers make remedies for colds and other diseases, and the bark is used to make fishing nets and ropes.
  16. Informally, the baobab is sometimes called the lemonade tree, because its fruits, dried, crushed and dissolved in water, make it possible to prepare a drink that resembles lemonade.
  17. Baobab is depicted on the coats of arms of two countries – the Central African Republic (CAR) and Senegal.
  18. Young leaves of baobabs are edible. Some Africans use them as one of the salad ingredients.
  19. This is one of the few trees that do not have growth rings. That is why it is difficult to determine the age of the baobab.
  20. Most often, the baobab is only three times larger than it is wide, but there are exceptions.
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