Madagascar presents many such mysteries, especially when it comes to density of species. Africa has a few Pachypodium species, Madagascar has twenty. The list of genera where this is so is extensive (Euphorbia, Aloe, etc.).
I have a pair of Adansonia grandidieri seedlings in pots, a couple of years old, looking for a place to be planted. Barry Stock Hollywood, Florida, USA On Aug 22, 2009, at 8:26 AM, rashida atthar wrote: > Thank you Mr. Barry for the wonderful pics and Devendra ji for the > additional info. > > Mr. Barry the authors of the book I mentioned earlier have surely > missed out on the trees your friend has posted. This is one more > fascinating place for the trees. I would like to add here that the > authors have written a little about the Madagascan mystery. They > find it curious that only one species Adansonia digitata is found > across the entiire Africa, but the same species and six others are > found on the island of Madagascar. The reason remians a mystery. > There is Adansonia grandidieri, known in Malagasy as 'Mother of the > forest". This baobab is found in the flood plain and along river > banks in southwest Madagascar, where the Sakalava peopel value its > fruit and seeds as stated by the authors. > > regards, > Rashida > > > > > Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 06:17:48 +0530 > From: devendra_bhard...@yahoo.com > Subject: [indiantreepix:16486] Re: Adansonia digitata-Baobab fruting > at Rani Baug > To: rashidaatt...@hotmail.com; barryst...@gmail.com > CC: anandkbh...@gmail.com; email@example.com > > Hello, > In Rajasthan it is known KALP VRIKSHA. Planted in pair at holy > places. In Ajmer district there us a village Mangliyawas there three > huge plants of Baobab (Raja,Rani,yuvraj)there every year a fair > conducted. There ix a myth that under this plant think some desire > then it will be full fill. > Regard > Devendra > > --- On Sat, 22/8/09, Barry Stock <barryst...@gmail.com> wrote: > > From: Barry Stock <barryst...@gmail.com> > Subject: [indiantreepix:16484] Re: Adansonia digitata-Baobab fruting > at Rani Baug > To: "rashida atthar" <rashidaatt...@hotmail.com> > Cc: anandkbh...@gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Saturday, 22 August, 2009, 1:01 AM > > Yes, it is a wonderful tree, with many uses. The pulp is quite > delicious. I have a plant-enthusiast friend who spends part of her > year in The Gambia. Here are three shots which show baobabs lining > the beach near where she lives. I had no idea they were salt > tolerant, but being this close, they must have some: > > http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2868594090099843887VmXdDl > http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2507122310099843887hTYtlc > http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2182948180099843887cwQzlX > > Barry Stock > Hollywood, Florida, USA > > > On Aug 21, 2009, at 3:23 PM, rashida atthar wrote: > > Thank you Mr. Barry for the information and sharing the pic of your > tree. It looks quite good. Since you are interested in Baobabs I > would like to share some quotes from a very interesting book I have > titled 'Ancient Trees-Trees That Live For A Thousand Years" by Anna > Lewington & Edward Parker. One of the 18 trees about which the > authors have researched around the world and written about is the > Baobab tree. The authors have said that the largest baobab is in > Northern Province at Sagole: 45ft/13.7m in diameter. Estimated to be > at least 3,000 years old. > > About the species I quote ..."Altogether there are eight species of > baobab: six of them occur only on the island of Madagascar, while > one other species grows only in northern Australia". It is also a > tree of life ..."The baobab has an enormous trunk that acts as a > water -storage organ: the largest baobab can contain more 30,000 > gallons/136,000 litres of water. Many African peoples learnt long > ago how to make use of this all -important feature. The Kalahari > bushmen, for example, use the hollow stems of grasses joined > together, like straws, to reach the water inside the trunk, from > where it can be sucked out. In Sudan, however, some large baobab > trunks are deliberately hollowed out so that they will collect > rainwater". The authors go on to enumerate many other uses of the > tree, its fruit and seeds and amusing uses of the trunk! > > regards > Rashida. > > > > > > CC: rashidaatt...@hotmail.com; email@example.com > From: barryst...@gmail.com > To: anandkbh...@gmail.com > Subject: Re: [indiantreepix:16318] Re: Adansonia digitata-Baobab > fruting at Rani Baug > Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 12:11:46 -0400 > > This number (3000 years) is based upon African specimens growing in > their native range, and I would say is the upper estimate for a very > small number of trees. Surely, based on growth rates and the size of > the specimens, it is true, but not in any way an average. The genus > has no growth rings, and is akin to a giant succulent, so estimates > are based on size, and a few historical reports. If a specimen does > perish, the wood (75% water) will gradually dry out until the entire > structure collapses into a heap of what looks like saw dust. This > was originally thought to be apocryphal information, but I have > witnessed the aftermath here in Florida of the collapse of a 70-year- > old specimen.. Baobabs are the trees that started my love of and > intense interest in trees: > > <adansonia digitata 1.jpg> > > This tree is the result of my first successful germination of > Adansonia digitata seed in 2001. > > -bs > > > On Aug 20, 2009, at 2:34 AM, Anand Kumar Bhatt wrote: > > on an average this tree is supposed to live for 3000 years. > anand k. > > On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 11:48 PM, rashida atthar <rashidaatt...@hotmail.com > > wrote: > > These pics are taken yesterday of one of the two old huge Baobab > trees at the entrance of Rani baug, Mumbai, fruiting right now. This > tree too has an upside down flower but not seen yesterday. > > regards, > Rashida. > > > > > > One blink is all it takes for the world to change. 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