Baobabs of Madagascar, the roots of heaven
There are 9 baobab species in the world, seven are endemic to Madagascar. Stately of their 30 meters in circumference, 40 meters high and six centuries of existence for some, the baobab is one of the most massive species of the plant world, despite some dwarf species that can measure only a few meters. A recent study based on satellite images allowed to say they are more than 3 million across the Malagasy territory, scattered mainly in the southwestern part of the island. Etymologically, the name derives from the Arabic word "bu hibab" which means many-seeded fruit. Almost all parts of the baobab are used, which earned him the protection and veneration of local populations. Leaves, seedlings and roots are eaten as vegetables, fruit used to prepare drinks and seeds as edible oil. The leaves are also used as a medicinal product against colic, the bark is used against fever and gum as a disinfectant. One of the many local beliefs tells a deity, jealous of the stature of this tree would have ripped then replanted upside down, finding the roots upwards. Hence its nickname Madagascar "iabovahatse" or "Roots of Heaven".
Baobabs of Madagascar, the roots of heaven
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Baobabs of Madagascar, the roots of heaven

Baobabs of Madagascar, the roots of heaven
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