Baobab Tree
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Baobab Tree (Adansonia digitata)
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Angiosperms
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae

Baobab Tree
Baobab Tree



Often referred to as the “upside-down tree”, the Baobab serves many uses to the people in the community which it resides. It can reach up to 28 meters high, and has an enormous diameter. Everything on a baobab tree is used-fruit, branches, trunk, as well as many other parts. Some have even been carved out to make living spaces.

The Baobab is located in Africa, mainly the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, and Madagascar, and lives best in these areas for their hot and dry environment. There is an unknown number of organisms that exist today, but all of the 120 species are still in existence. More specifically 6 of the 8 species that are indigenous to Madagascar are either endangered or close to it.


Baobab Habitat
Baobab Habitat




This tree is endangered for mainly two reasons. The first is extended droughts, which create harsh living environments for any species. Most likely, the Baobab’s over-use is what’s making it endangered. Year round, fruits are in high demand, leaving little spread for natural growth. It also takes the Baobab many years to grow to its full and true size to produce seeds, leaving a lot of standby. Other factors that has led to its endangered status are slash-and-burn farming, bark removal, and fire.

A group called Practical Action has taken the Baobab under its wing, and has started movements for its protection. Seeds are being collected and dispersed for planting in many areas. Awareness is also increasing amongst people in. Now they notice the importance of the plant along with working to protect and plant them. A regional campaign that will jump start within the next year is also in preparation in Sudan.








Information:
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/baobab.htm
http://practicalaction.org/baobab
http://www.globaltrees.org/madagascar_baobab.htm
http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantab/adansondigit.htm

Pictures:
http://geoimages.berkeley.edu/GeoImages/Johnson/Biomes/BiomesAfrica/Baobabtree.html
http://www.afdb.org/uploads/pics/map_africa_southern_02.gif
Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRML4skuJvw