Trees Part 6

Trees Part 6

Trees Part 6

Immortalized by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “Le Petit Prince,” the mighty baobab tree has filled the dreams of many a child in the years since the classic book’s publication. Often referred to as the “upside-down tree” because its nearly-always-bare branches resemble roots, the iconic gray-barked behemoth dots the savanna over a wide swath of the African continent. On the central Tanzanian plateau, villages often choose a particularly impressive baobab — or mbuyu as the tree is called here — as their market site, but when visitors comment on its girth, the inevitable reply comes. “You think this one is big? You should see the one in such-and-such village. It takes 30 (or 40 or 50) people to reach around it!” A specimen in South Africa has been measured at 150 feet around the base, but obviously it is a mere sapling compared to the mythical Tanzanian baobab.

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