Adansonia gregorii

''Adansonia gregorii'', commonly known as the boab, is a tree in the family Malvaceae. 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. Endemic to Australia, boab occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and east into the Northern Territory. It is the only baobab to occur in Australia, the others being native to Madagascar and mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula .
Boab ranges from 5 to 15 meters in height, usually between 9 and 12 metres, with a broad bottle-shaped trunk. Its trunk base may be extremely large; trunks with a diameter of over five metres have been recorded. ''A. gregorii'' is deciduous, losing its leaves during the dry winter period and producing new leaves and large white flowers between December and May.
Boab_Tree  Adansonia gregorii,Australia,Boab,Fall,Geotagged


The common name "boab" is a shortened form of the generic common name "baobab". Although boab is the most widely recognised common name, ''Adansonia gregorii'' has a number of other common names, including:...hieroglyph snipped...
⤷  baobab — this is the common name for the genus as a whole, but it is often used in Australia to refer to the Australian species;
⤷  Australian baobab
⤷  boabab was in common use from the late 1850s
⤷  baob
⤷  bottle tree
⤷  upside down tree
⤷  dead rat tree
⤷  gouty stem tree
⤷  monkey bread tree
⤷  cream of tartar tree
⤷  gourd-gourd tree
⤷  sour gourd
⤷  gadawon — one of the names used by the local Indigenous Australians. Other names include larrgadi or larrgadiy, which is widespread in the Nyulnyulan languages of the Western Kimberley.
The specific name "gregorii" honours the Australian explorer Augustus Gregory.
Boabs (Adansonia gregorii) Gibb River road, WA. Aug 22, 2015. Adansonia gregorii,Australia,Boab,Geotagged,Winter


The plant has a wide variety of uses; most parts are edible and it is the source of a number of materials. Its medicinal products and the ability to store water through dry seasons has been exploited.
Indigenous Australians obtained water from hollows in the tree, and used the white powder that fills the seed pods as a food. Decorative paintings or carvings were sometimes made on the outer surface of the fruit. The leaves were used medicinally.


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SpeciesA. gregorii
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