16 February 2013

#188 Pretoria, South Africa

Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, some in India and one to Australia. The mainland African species also occurs on Madagascar, but it is not a native of that island.

A typical common name is baobab. Other common names include boab,boaboatabaldibottle treeupside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. The generic name honors Michel Adanson, the French naturalist and explorer who described A. digitata.


Adansonia digitata is the most widespread of the Adansonia species on the African continent, found in the hot, dry savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. It also grows, having spread secondary to cultivation, in populated areas. English common names include baobab,dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruits), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots) and cream of tartar tree.

Thank you, Justin !

Sent on: January 15, 2013
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1 comment:

ONeal said...

Beautiful card and stamps!