Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


The Baobab Tree

Guest Editorial

Hygeia.J.D.Med. 2018; 10 (1):1-2


Cymbio Pharma Pvt Ltd, Yeswanthpur, Bangalore – 560 022, India

  Trees are known to live for many years. Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating underneath a peepal tree (Ficus religiosa). A branch of the original tree was rooted in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in 288 B.C. and is known as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.  It is the oldest plant in the world. Long-living plants are found in many parts of the world. The Baobab tree is one among them.

   Baobab is the common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia) distributed in Madagascar, Africa, Australia, and India.  The Baobab is the national tree of Madagascar. The Baobab is also known as “bottle tree”, “the tree of life”, “upside-down tree”, and “monkey bread tree”.

  The trees reach heights of 16 to 98 feet and trunk diameters of 23 to 36 feet. Its trunk can hold up to 120,000 liters of water!  The baobab tree is supposed to live many hundred years; the trunk of the full-grown tree is hollow and usually provides shelter to birds, animals and even human beings of savannah regions of Africa. Sometimes the tree trunk is housed as wine and beer parlors!   .......


D. Suresh Kumar The baobab tree. Hygeia.J.D.Med 2018; 10(1):1-2.Available from http://www.hygeiajournal.com
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