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One of My Favorite Trees: the Baobab Tree

There are many handsome --beautiful-- plants and animals in creation. Some are geometrically stunning. Proportioned perfectly. Others seem weird. Yet in their weirdness, there is a majestic quality not found in human substitutes.

For me, it's the Baobab tree. It is not what most of us would call your standard tree. It's certainly not a shade tree. It would be incredibly difficult for a kid to climb. Most people would not want to plant one in their yard. But there's just something special about it.

And, oddly enough, it is a useful tree. It produces edible fruit. And, interestingly, even the seeds (dried and pounded) are used for their good qualities. Found primarily in Madagascar, it's a tree one is not likely to forget. But then, you've seen the picture.

Image Credit » Pixabay

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MegL wrote on May 31, 2018, 5:34 PM

Yes, I heard about it as a child. It is fascinating.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 31, 2018, 11:39 PM

You are an incredibly gifted writer Vincent. You always have something interesting to write about that catches my attention.

VinceSummers wrote on June 1, 2018, 8:54 AM

Thanks, Anthony. I regret I had to use a sub-standard photo for the tree, which was free and Pixabay, because there are many far superior portraits of the Baobab. Check it out!

lookatdesktop wrote on June 1, 2018, 9:50 AM

I will check it out. Sometimes Pixabay has some very excellent pictures and then they have some not so good. Good thing they offer some good pics for free. I like using Pixabay for title images for my posts. The Baobab tree is very unusual looking in any case and makes me a bit curious about it. I will check it out.

MegL wrote on June 5, 2018, 1:25 PM

Here is one on Wikipedia. The page is in French but it says you can use it as long as you credit the author.,_Selous_Game_Reserve,_Tanzania-8.jpg