Adansonia digitata



Synonyms for Adansonia digitata:

1. Baobabus digitata (L.) Kuntze
2. Adansonia baobab Gaertn.
3. Adansonia digitata var. congolensis A.Chev.
4. Adansonia integrifolia Raf.
5. Adansonia scutula Steud.
6. Adansonia situla (Lour.) Spreng.
7. Adansonia somalensis Chiov.
8. Adansonia sphaerocarpa A.Chev.
9. Adansonia sulcata A.Chev.

Found in the hot, dry savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. Adansonia digitata trees usually grow solitarily. The tree's flowers are large and white, up to 5 inches across.

The Adansonia digitata is considered to have the most effective biological defenses against water loss. Typically growing in sandy-textured soils, this tree also thrives in rocky hillsides alongside areas where there is runoff. This species has a well-documented history of living for hundreds to well over 1,000 years!

Adansonia digitata is commonly referred to as a "Monkey-bread Tree." The reason for this, is that their fruit is edible. Its fruit is highly nutritious and is blended into smoothies and added to other foods such as cereal bars.

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Latin Name: 
Adansonia digitata
Common Name: 
Sour gourd, Sira, Sito, Guinea Tamarind, Upside-down tree, Boaboa, Boab, Lemonade tree, Monkey-bread tree, Cream of Tartar tree, Bahobab, Monkey-bread tree bahobab, Bottle tree, Dead-rat tree

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