- Description: Baobab tree. There are eight species of the Baobab tree that are native to Africa, Madagascar, and Australia. They store water in their trunks in order to survive in these environments. Baobab leaves are used in some food dishes in Africa and Australia, and Australian natives used the leaves for medicinal purposes. Because of its appearance, it is sometimes called “the upside down tree.” This has been explained in some folk stories. Arabic folklore tells of the devil picking the tree up and replanting it upside down. African stories say that when each animal was given something to plant during the creation of the earth, that it planted the baobab tree upside down. Other names for the baobab are “bottle tree” and “monkey bread tree.”
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- Source: Florida Center for Instructional Technology, Exploring Florida: Social Studies Resources
for Students and Teachers (Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, 2009)
- County: Miami-Dade
- Date of Photo: 5/28/2008
- Photographer: Roy Winkelman