Adansonia kilima

Adansonia kilima

''Adansonia kilima'' is a species of baobab tree native to Africa, described in 2012. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which forms a massive caudex, giving the tree a bottle-like appearance. It is similar in appearance to the well-known ''Adansonia digitata''. ''Adansonia kilima'' is found in upland populations of southern and eastern Africa, where ''A. digitata'' also occurs. It has a restricted geographic range compared to ''A. digitata'', is diploid, and therefore presumably ancestral to the tetraploid ''A. digitata''.
Baobab tree  Adansonia kilima,Botswana,Geotagged,Winter

Appearance

Although similar in appearance to ''A. digitata'', ''A. kilima'' can be distinguished by its smaller flowers which it often presents in large numbers each night . The pollen grains are about 2/3 the diameter of the pollen of ''A. digitata'', and more spiny.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderMalvales
FamilyMalvaceae
GenusAdansonia
SpeciesA. kilima
Photographed in
Botswana