Where do Baobab Trees Grow?


The Baobab tree is a dominant force on the African landscape in dry areas all over the continent including Madagascar, West Africa and South Africa.  Baobabs also grow in Australia having their seeds transported there from so many generations ago.  Over the centuries with trade, baobab seeds have traveled far and wide to various other countries that share similar climates for the baobab to grow and to be cherished.  

Overall, there are eight species of Adansonia, one in Africa, six in Madagascar and one in Australia. As far as historians know, the center of origin for the genus is Madagascar from where the fruits of closely related protoboab, transported by the ocean currents, reached Australia.

Photo credit: the amazing Barry Lewis

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