Picture of the Day: Thousand Year Old Baobab

I always enjoy browsing through the stunning photographs on the quite delectable, always inspirational blog of Twisted Sifter. This photograph, taken by Dan Doucette of Project Noah, simply takes my breath away. The Madagascan Majesty that is the proud Baobab… a thousand years old. Simply beautiful 🙂

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THOUSAND YEAR OLD BAOBAB

 

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Spotted in the Ifaty reserve, north of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar (Lat: -23.15, Long: 43.62), is this incredible Baobab tree that is purportedly a thousand years old. Adansonia za, common name Baobab, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Adansonia belonging to the Bombacaceae family.

It’s a large thick-stemmed deciduous tree, about 10–40 meters (33–130 ft) high and about 6 meters (20 ft) in diameter. The trunk and branches have a brownish-rose colored hue. The tree is wide at the base and grows to a narrow point towards the top of the tree. [Source: Wikipedia]

Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and one to Australia. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years…

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