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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Baobab tree

Afrikaans name: Kremetartboom

Baobab

Baobab tree

Photo © AndreasEdelmann - Fotolia.com

Adansonia digitata

Did you know that Africa has two species of Baobab tree and Madagascar has six species? Did you realise that Australia has a species of Baobab tree?

It is often said that the Baobab tree grows upsidedown as its branches resemble roots sticking up into the air.

It has been estimated that a Baobab tree can live for over 1000 years.

The fruit of the Baobab is rich in antioxidants and calcium. The leaves are also eaten.

One Baobab tree in Limpopo Province had a circumference of 47 metres! They can grow to a height of 30 metres.

Baobab

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 234

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 76

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 80

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 11

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 12

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 70

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 159

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 24

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 78

Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 88

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 245

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 391

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 26

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 14

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 42

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 705

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 1

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 78


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