23 facts about Baobab tree

Baobab tree
11.The reproductive period of flowers in baobab lasts about 15 hours.
They open around dusk with such speed that this process can be observed with the naked eye. They are open all night and wilt in the morning of the next day.
12.Baobab tree fruits are very distinctive.
They are large, oval in shape and resemble berries in most species. Fruits are covered by a dry and hard shell that is difficult to crush. Inside the outer shell lie kidney-shaped seeds embedded in dry flesh.
13.Baobabs provide important nesting sites for some birds.
In particular they are perfect for nesting of the mottled spinetail and four species of weaver.
14.Elephants know that baobabs store water and especially during the dry season when water is scarce, they seek baobabs to quench their thirst.
Frequent exploitation of baobabs by elephants can lead to serious damage to the plant trunk resulting in the collapse of the tree.
15.The flesh of the fruit of this plant has a citrus flavor.
It is used to produce refreshing drinks. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, carbohydrates, potassium and phosphorus.
16.In Angola, the dried baobab fruits are cooked to make a nutritious broth that is the basis for juices and the region's characteristic ice cream called gelado de múcua.
17.The oil extracted from the seeds is used in cosmetics industry, mainly in the production of moisturizing creams.
18.The oldest baobab ever discovered was 2450 years old.
It was named Panke and grew in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately the tree died in 2011.
19.At the beginning of the 21st century, South African baobabs suddenly began to die.
The cause of this strange phenomenon has not yet been understood. Most scientists rule out disease or parasites, which would not be able to kill so many trees in a short period of time, and tend to favor the theory that dehydration caused by global warming is responsible for the baobab die-off.
20.All baobab tree species are widely used by local people.
Most species have edible leaves and fruits, which are the basis for making herbal medicine mixtures. Baobab leaves are rich in vitamin C and calcium.
Baobab tree
23 facts about Baobab tree

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