Upside down tree
November 27, 2010 1:59am CST
Friends, nature is full of miracles. Have you heard of this upside down tree and the story behind it? It says, Baobab or Upside-Down Tree grows in Africa and Australia. The legend says that after it was planted by God it kept moving, so God replanted it upside down. These trees can reach heights of 5 to 30 meters (16 to 98 ft) and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 meters (23 to 36 ft). The cork-like bark is fire resistant and is used for cloth and rope. The leaves are used for condiments and medicines. The fruit, called "monkey bread", is rich in vitamin C and is eaten. The tree is capable of storing hundreds of liters of water, which is tapped in dry periods. Mature trees are frequently hollow, providing living space for numerous animals and humans alike. Trees are even used as bars, barns and more. The Baobab also features as the Tree of Life in Disney's "Lion King", and is the centerpiece in Disney's Animal Kingdom. [b]WE DON'T HAVE THIS TREE IN MY CITY. Have you see this tree?[/b] Professor
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30 Nov 10
Yes, I have seen this tree. It is one of my favorite trees. They only bloom once a year and only for a short period of time. The rest of the year they are bare and grey. I have actually been inside a large one that had been turned into a living space for a small family. It was amazing! There are large trees like that in the USA, they are called sequoias. They are so big that a highway can be carved through their trunks. They are said to be hundreds of years old.
28 Nov 10
I only see this tree in a magazine and its wonders specially the health benefits is really helpful for those who can't afford high-priced medicines. It's also have almost same benefits with the coconut tree. Thanks for providing such helpful information. This kind of tree I think grows only in Africa and Australia.
27 Nov 10
hi professor, first time i saw this kind of a tree. it really looks upside down with the roots on top (the twigs and branches looks like roots), and the green is on the ground. but of course we know that on the ground those are grasses and others. have a nice day. ann