Wednesday, 17. May 2006
The Baobab is found in the the arid savannas of Africa and India, and known as "The Tree of Life" for its vitality and longevity. The distribution of the species throughout the dry parts of Africa is mainly due to humans. This gigantic tree can grow up to 80 feet tall, and up to 40 feet in diameter, with compact, irregular crown, and can live for several thousand years. In spite of the enormous girth of the trees, they are not particularly tall, and thus have a bottlelike appearance. The baobab is leafless for nine months of the year. In the wet months, water is stored in its thick, corky, fire-resistant trunk for the nine dry months ahead.