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

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

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

Wild Issue 9 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 13

Wild Issue 18 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 40

Wild Issue 26 - Author: - Published: 2014 - Page: 60

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

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

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 245

SA Wild Flower Guide No 4 - Transvaal Lowveld - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1984 - Page: 128

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

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

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

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 131

Succulents of South Africa - Author: E. Van Jaarsveld, B. Van Wyk and G. Smith - Published: 2000 - Page: 133

The Gardener - 2021/01 - Author: - Published: 2021 - Page: 56

Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2009 - Page: 57

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 391

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

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 159

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

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

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

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

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

Field guide to Succulents of Southern Africa - Author: Gideon Smith & Neil Crouch - Published: 2017 - Page: 217

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 159

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 260

Getaway - Vol 30 No 11 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 52

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

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


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