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Dead Rat Tree - Plant

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The Dead-rat plant has been known in India for many centuries and is one of the most amazing trees.
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Description for Dead Rat Tree

The Dead-rat tree, botanical name is Adansonia digitata but it is also known in English language as African baobab, Baobab of Mahajanga (Madagascar), Cream-tartar tree, and Dead-rat tree. The baobab tree is regarded as being the largest tree in Africa and the largest succulent plant in the world, it is leafless for nine months of the year.

Adansonia digitata (baobab) is the most widespread of the Adansonia species, and is native to the African continent.

The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a watercourse from afar.Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall,and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years. They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition.

Explorers of old were inclined to carve their names on baobabs, and many are defaced by modern graffiti.Common names for the baobab include dead-rat tree (from the appearance of the fruit), monkey-bread tree (the soft, dry fruit is edible), upside-down tree (the sparse branches resemble roots) and cream of tartar tree (cream of tartar).

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Dead-rat tree, African baobab,Adansonia digitata,monkey-bread tree,upside-down tree, cream of tartar tree (cream of tartar),Gorakh chinchWhiteAfter Summer seasonThey can grow to between 5 to 25 m (16 to 82 ft) in height. They are in fact known both for their height and trunk's girth. The trunk tends to be bottle-shaped and can reach a diameter of 10 to 14 m (33 to 46 ft)Easy

Planting and care

Full sun.Hot,dry,stoney, well drained soils.Keep the soil moist.Minimum 10-13 degree C. Any organic fertilizer

Caring for Dead Rat Tree

    Typical uses of Dead Rat Tree

    Special features:

  • The flowers open only at night.
  • Flowers hang down on long stalks.

    Culinary use: The fruit, called "Monkey bread", is eaten. Sometimes people live inside of the huge trunks.

    Ornamental use: Dead-rat plants are strikingly beautiful as dominant, attention grabbing specimens. Not for the small garden!

    Medicinal use: The Dead-rat plant's bark, leaves, fruit, and trunk are all used. The bark of the baobab is used for clothing, fodder and rope, the leaves for condiments and medicines.

  • References

    • http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/ADANSONIA/Adansonia_digitata/Adansonia_digitata/Adansonia_digitata.htm
    • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Baobab.html

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    5 / 5 Ruma Chakravarty 30 August 2017
    Is it suitable for office premises with no fresh air space
    1 / 5 Mahi Rukh 30 August 2017
    But the problem is i bought 2 times first plant dried i need to ask the NL team about how to water it
    5 / 5 Rahul Gupta 24 July 2017
    Can this grown in hot places.
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