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Adansonia digitata

Baobab, Adansonia digitata, from Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Gede Ruins, Kenya, Africa. January 2012.

Baobab, photo © Michael Plagens TREE. Massive tree with distinctive smooth, gray bark. The trunk appears swollen and the branches atop smaller than expected.

FLOWERS: Large white flowers are five-petalled and slightly bilaterally symetrical. Blooming is at night.

LEAVES: Large, palmately compound leaves are deciduous - falling in the dry season.

FRUIT: Large ovoid fruit hang on long, pendulous stems.

RANGE: Found in hot lowlands that have distinct dry and wet seasons.


Malvaceae (Bombacaceae) -- Mallow Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 12 Aug. 2012.