Earth Elf – Baobab Tree

In the arid savannah of Africa, there is a strangely shaped tree called Baobab. Its height is 5 to 30 meters, its diameter is 7 to 11 meters, and its age is thousands of years.

Baobab is not only the source of food for animals, but it is also the world’s crudest medicinal tree.

The baobab tree scientific name is Pobambu tree, also known as eucalyptus, which is a large deciduous tree. Baobab tree crown is huge, tree pods are strange, resembles roots, and looks like a bottle in the distance.So it is called bottle tree too.

The baobab tree has a spectacular tree shape. The fruit is huge like a football and has a lot of sweet juice. It is a favorite of monkeys, orangutans, and elephants. When its fruit matures, the monkeys come in groups and climb the tree to pick fruit, so it is called the “baobab tree”.

In addition to Africa, the islands of the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the northern part of Australia can also see the baobab tree.

When the dry season comes, it will quickly strip all the leaves of the body to reduce the evaporation of water. Once the rainy season approaches, it uses its large body and soft wood to replace the roots. It absorbs and stores water as much as a sponge, and is slowly enjoyed during the dry season. It is said that it can store thousands of kilograms or more of water, which is simply called the Waste Water Tower.

Traveling in the desert, if you are thirsty, do not have to use “reserve”. Just use a knife to dig a hole in the baobab tree. Then you can drink water in a cylinder. Therefore, many people who traveled in the desert said, “The baobab tree is with life. As long as there is a baobab tree, you don’t need to worry about traveling in the desert.”

Baobab is a treasure. Its fresh leaves are very popular vegetables for the local people. Leaves can be soup or you can feed horses. Seeds can be fried. The flesh can be consumed or made into a drink. Fruits, leaves, and bark can all be used as medicines, and have the effects of nourishing gallbladder, clearing heat, reducing swelling, and stopping bleeding and diarrhea. It also contains substances that resist the formation and spread of gastric cancer cells. It has also been used to treat malaria and acts as an antipyretic agent. Slurries of its leaves and fruits are still commonly used as anti-inflammatory drugs in the region.



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