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baobab

(bä`ōbăb', bā`ō–), gigantic tree, Adansonia digitata, of India and Africa, exceeded in trunk diameter only by the sequoia. The hollow trunks of living baobabs have been used for dwellings; rope and cloth are made from the bark and condiments and medicines from the leaves; and the gourdlike fruit (monkey bread) is eaten. Research in the 21st cent. has indicated that the hollow trunks of large trees are in many instances a cavity that is created by the fusion of multiple stems, each of which in some cases is hundreds of years old. The Australian baobab, Adansonia gregorii, is also called boab or sour gourd. In spite of the enormous girth of the trees, they are not particularly tall, and thus have a bottlelike appearance. Baobab is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Malvales, family Bombacaceae.

baobab

a bombacaceous tree, Adansonia digitata, native to Africa, that has a very thick trunk, large white flowers, and a gourdlike fruit with an edible pulp called monkey bread
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African baobabs are also found in various parts of the Indian Ocean region, in India, Sri Lanka and coastal Pakistan; the southern Arabian Peninsula and southern Iran; the Comoros islands, north-west Madagascar and the Mascarene islands of Mauritius and Reunion; Malaysia and Indonesia; and across the Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean islands and parts of sub-tropical South America.
In south-eastern India, baobabs occur in Chennai and the southernmost tip of the subcontinent close to the Palk Strait that separates mainland India from Sri Lanka.
Baobab is 126 pages of his own outstanding colour photographs which illustrate just about every facet of this great tree's natural history including interaction with man and wildlife.
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Baobab tree can be propagated by seeds and vegetatively as well.
To face this threat, a study of the optimal conditions that would make possible the in vitro mass propagation of Baobab tree was undertaken.
Atacora Essential will be exhibiting at Expo West (Booth 1595), and Leslie Shages, Market Linkages Manager for West Africa Trade Hub will be in attendance helping to promote Baobab in the natural food industry.
Some of the most visited and photographed baobabs in Madagascar are at the Avenue des Baobabs in the western province of Menabe, close to the town of Morondava.
At sunset, the avenue is often crowded with tourists taking photographs of magnificent baobab silhouettes, the air filled with the singing of the local children, who sell piles of melon-sized baobab fruit and exchange flowers for sweets--all part of the Avenue des Baobabs experience.
Baobabs have been given many names: calabash, cream of tartar, sour gourd, monkey-bread tree, "the elephant of plants," elephant tree, a "botanical monster," "Africa's weirdest tree," and "symbol of untamed Africa.
The baobab genus, Adansonia, was named after him in honor of his research, including his description of the baobabs in a monograph published in 1761.
00 Table 2: Anti-oxidant capacity and radical scavenging of baobab pulp Ascorbic % Hydrophilic % acid Inhibition portion of Inhibition (mg/ml) extract (X 25) 200 94.