This member of the Bombacaceae*
family was given this name by
Henri Lucien Jumelle and Joseph
Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bāthie 1909. It is found on the
west coast of Madagascar from Itampolo in the southwest to Soalala
in the northwest, in the dry deciduous forests on sand or limestone. The
stem will grow up to two metres in diameter, the hole plant will be
from five to twenty-five metres high.
H.L. Jumelle & J.M de la Bāthie, 1909
Adansonia fony, Baillion, 1890
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The genera is named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson,1727-1806.
The species name means 'red
grass' which actually describe the flower well.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of the Malvaceae.