Age of the Baobab Tree


THE baobab tree Adansonia digitata L. (family Bomb-acaceae) has been variously estimated as being several hundred to several thousand years old. The French botanist Adanson, after whom the tree was named, contended that some specimens were as much as 5,000 years old1.

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    Cowen, D. V., Flowering Trees and Shrubs in India, 21 (Thacker and Co., Ltd., 1952).

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    Palgrave, O. H. C., et al., Trees of Central Africa, 49 (University Press, Glasgow, 1957).

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SWART, E. Age of the Baobab Tree. Nature 198, 708–709 (1963) doi:10.1038/198708b0

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