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The Baobab tree is a symbolic tree of Madagascar. The majestic tree is quite impressive in real life and it characterizes the landscape of the south and west of the island. The country is the world’s stronghold for these baobab trees, which are known for their massive, swollen trunks and their small crown of horizontal branches.

These large trees have trunks that can reach up to 9 meters in diameter and about 30 meters in circumference. It can also reach to upto 30 meters high with its very iconic appearance. The baobab leaves are special because they only appear for a short period of time each year. The tree gets rid of its leaves during dry season to avoid water depletion and the flowers, depending on the species, are just stunning. It appears in several stamens of different colors from white to yellow to red.

There are several myths that surround the baobab trees and among them, the more famous one is the one that says that God planted it upside down. In reality, the baobab tree is quite a powerhouse. The leaves are eaten and the pulp is full of vitamin C and calcium. The bark, flowers, seeds are roots are all used in medicine. The wood is also used in constructing the local abodes. In the local vicinity of Ampotaka, the baobab serves as a water reservoir to combat the long dry season.

There are eight known species of baobab trees in the world and six of them are endemic to the country and found nowhere else. Most of these trees are more than 800 years old, unfortunately, these six are also threatened by extinction. Fortunately, it has been the center of local conservation efforts and was granted temporary protection status since July 2007 by the local Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry.

The Avenue of the Baobabs or Alley of the Baobabs can be found lined up on Road 8 between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of Madagascar. This amazing stretch of landscape draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited location in the region.

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