seedlings in Copenhagen Botanical Garden. It is possible
to see the thickened stem.
The big and beautiful tree appears
only in the northern
part of Australia. Given this name by Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von
Mueller in 1857. It belongs to the Bombacaceae*
family. The trunk will get op to 5 meter wide and the tree up to 20
meters high. It can be reproduced by cuttings and seeds. Grows best in
grit, lots of water and sun in summer and dry in winter. I found some
seeds in Derby in 2002.
There are 6-10 species of Adansonias on Madagascar, one in Africa and this one in
the Kimberley region (Northern and Western Territory), Australia.
It has gourd/egg-formed green fruits, which can be 18 cm long, with
several seeds in a vitamin C hard-foam.
Well, I got some seeds, but they
didn't seem to germinate. Gave most of them to Copenhagen Botanical
Garden, and they had more "luck". Some boil or frieeze
them, but they didn't.
I done some additionally
experiments, and most successful by far it simply to throw them into
a cup of 90C hot water, and leave them cooling in for 24 hours. Gave
me 100% against 0%.
Named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) and explorer
Charles Augustus Gregory (1819-1905) by Ferdinand von Mueller in 1857.
Conningham called it Capparis gibbosa in 1820, but the gregorii
persisted as its official name.
*This family might been incorporated
in the Malvaceae
family now. Sub-family: Bombacoideae,