Few people will fail to recognise the Baobab, Adansonia digitata, a striking tree of the dry bushveld. Growing up to 25 m from a single swollen stem it is often referred to as the upside down tree due to the root-like appearance of the bare branches.
Baobab is valued throughout Africa for its fibrous bark, nutritious leaves and fruit with a high vitamin C and mineral content. The seeds are rich in oil suitable for use in skincare. During drought conditions the hollow stems provide a useful store of water for both man and animal.
This magnificent specimen was photographed on the S61 coordinates East 31 degrees 10 ‘19.1 ” South 22 degrees 38’ 09.1 “