DO You Know?

8th May, 2019 08:50:22 printer

•    There are nine species of the baobab tree (genus Adansonia) – six from Madagascar, two from Africa and one from Australia.

•    The baobab’s biggest enemies are drought, water logging, lightning, elephants and black fungus.

•    Baobabs are deciduous and their bat-pollinated flowers bloom at night.

•    Baobabs store large volumes of water in their trunks – which is why elephants, eland and other animals chew the bark during the dry seasons.

•    Baobabs are utilized by humans for many purposes, including shelter, ceremonies, food, medicine, fibre, juices and beer.

•    Animals like baboons and warthogs eat the seed pods. The creased trunks and hollowed interiors also provide homes to countless reptiles, insects and bats.

•    Cream of tartar (a cooking ingredient) was originally produced from the acidic baobab seed pulp, but is now mainly sourced as a by-product from the wine-making process.

•    The large trunks (the largest circumference on record is 47 metres) have been, or are used, as jails, post offices and bush pubs, amongst other creative uses.

     •           Many baobabs live to a ripe old age – with one recently collapsed Namibian tree known as “Grootboom” which was 1,275 years old.