Description: One of the largest trees in the world, thought to become more than 2000 years old, and while only to 18 m tall, the swollen trunk attains a diameter of more than 10m, is of pulpous wood without growth rings. Leaves deciduous, digitately compound with leaflets 12 cm long; large 18cm solitary, scented, pendulous white flowers with purplish stamens; oblong, woody, hairy fruit 30cm long, which also earns it the name 'Dead rat tree'. Tropical climate.
Uses: Game and domestic browsers utilize the leaves, flowers and bark. The roots can be tapped for water. Fibre from the inner bark can be used for a variety of woven articles. The leaves, rich in vitamin C and sugars, can be cooked as a green vegetable. The pulp inside the fruit can be mixed with water or milk and makes a refreshing drink. The seeds can be roasted and used as a substitute for coffee. The flowers gives of a strong musky smell which attracts the pollinators (mostly fruit bats and bushbabies). The baobab is also the only tree able to regenerate bark directly from an exposed wood surface.