NamingThe 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
⤷ 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.
UsesThe 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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