Tanzania at dusk with baobab trees


Baobabs are trees recognisable by their distinctive swollen stems. Occurring naturally in the dry areas of Magagascar, Africa and Australia, they store massive amounts of water in their stems to cope with seasonal droughts. The tree's fruits are large pods known as 'monkey bread' or 'cream of tartar fruit' and are rich in vitamin C. One baobab tree in South Africa, known as 'Big Baobab', has a circumference of 47 metres and even a bar for 60 people inside the trunk.

Scientific name: Adansonia

Rank: Genus

Common names:

  • Boab,
  • Boaboa,
  • Bottle tree,
  • Monkey bread tree,
  • Upside down trees

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The Baobabs can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Australia, Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


  1. Life
  2. Plants
  3. Flowering plants
  4. Dicotyledons
  5. Malvales
  6. Bombacaceae
  7. Baobabs

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