This is a truly spectacular tree. It’s a legacy tree because you and I will probably not be around to see it in its magnificent glory but future generations will. Siva Ashram is not only for those living on the planet today but also for those to come in future generations. The Baobab will be there to welcome guests over the coming centuries.
Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia. Baobabs reach heights of 5 to 30 m (16 to 98 ft) and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 m (23 to 36 ft)
Adansonia trees produce faint growth rings, probably annually, but they are not reliable for aging specimens, because they are difficult to count and may fade away as the wood ages. Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals. A specimen of A. digitata known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees.
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