The Baobab tree

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We saw the Baobab tree on the highland in the south-eastern part of Madagascar. It is also called Devils tree as it seems to have been planted upside-down. There are seven species, six in Madagascar and one in Australia. In addition to what we saw growing wild we also saw some types in a botanical garden. Some of them were huge, see the man in picture number two.

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They are strange-looking trees and they have leaves only during the rainy season. Then they apparently store water in the trunk and the guide said they could knock on it to hear how much water was in there. They could drain water from some and it was drinkable.


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