Baobabs near Andavadoaka, Madagascar - Adansonia, which is the generic name for this tree, reach heights of 5 to 30 m (16 to 98 ft) and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 m (23 to 36 ft). Baobabs store water inside the swollen trunk (up to 120,000 litres / 32,000 US gallons) to endure the harsh drought conditions. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years old. Amazing!
Madagascar, Baobab trees Baobab trees only have leaves about 2-3 months out of the year, the rest of the time they store water inside their trunk. These beautiful African trees live for hundreds of years.
Spotted in the Ifaty reserve, north of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar (Lat: -23.15, Long: 43.62), is this incredible Baobab tree that is purportedly a thousand years old. Adansonia za, common name Baobab, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Adansonia belonging to the Bombacaceae family.
Ambalavao (Madagascar). 'Gabled roofs poking through the treetops in Ambalavao give the illusion of a European alpine village, only to be dispelled by the noise of hundreds of zebu at the country’s biggest livestock market; elegant Malagasy people in their felt hats and finery; and the roar of ramba-rambas (carts) being pushed through the streets.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/madagascar/central-madagascar/ambalavao