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 Adansonia madagascariensis
Author:   Henri Ernest Baillon, 1876
Family:  Bombacaceae*
Origin:  North-West to North Madagascar
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  5 meters
Height:  10-30 meters
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Baobab, Monkey Bread Tree
Synonyms:  Baobabus madagascariensis, Kuntze, 1897, Adansonia bernieri Baillon ex Poisson, 1912.







   This member of the Bombacaceae* family was given this name by Henri Ernest Baillon in 1876. It is found on the north-west to north of Madagascar, growing on the hill-sides in dry deciduous forests in a well-drained soil. Takes plenty of water and sun. The flowers which occurring in March to April, are dark red and quite big: ten centimetres. The stem can get five meters wide and 20 meters high. It can only be reproduced by seeds (but I try a cutting anyway!).

The genera is named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson,1727-1806. The species name mean 'from Madagascar'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Bombacaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.

Two flowers from Flamingo Gardens, Florida by
Barry Stock, Hollywood.