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View Photographer's Profile. This is a free hand panorama, during I was sitting on top of a baobab tree and watching the sunset. There is a very new attraction near the famous Baobab alley north-east of Morondava. Some guys help you climbing up a 15 to 16 meter high branch with professional equipment. It was much easier than I thought :. The view was beautifull and so I had to make a panorama, so everybody can see it.

Unfortunately it was not possible to set up my tripoid somewhere, so I decided to make a free hand panorama. Toggle navigation Search. Gigapixel Gallery.

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Curated Sets. World Map. Isolated image of savannah nature.

Forest landscape of Africa. Ruaha National Park. Grass, acacia trees and river.

Realistic vector landscape. The nature of Africa. Reserves and national parks. It's an African huge size tree. Nature reserve in spring wet season on a sunny day with blue sky. The young seedlings have a taproot which can be eaten like a carrot.

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The flowers are also edible. The roots can be used to make red dye, and the bark to make ropes and baskets. Baobabs also have medicinal properties, and their hollow trunks can be used to store water. Baobab crowns also provide shade, making them an idea place for a market in many rural villages. And of course, the trade in baobab products provides an income for local communities. Baobab trees also play a big part in the cultural life of their communities, being at the centre of many African oral stories.

Baobab trees are not only useful to humans, they are key ecosystem elements in the dry African savannas. Importantly, baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion.

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They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals, including birds, lizards, monkeys and even elephants — which can eat their bark to provide some moisture when there is no water nearby. The flowers are pollinated by bats, which travel long distances to feed on their nectar. Numerous insects also live on the baobab tree. Ancient as they are, baobab trees can be cultivated, as some communities in West Africa have done for generations.

Some farmers are discouraged by the fact that they can take years to fruit — but recent research has shown by grafting the branches of fruiting trees to seedlings they can fruit in five years.

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This process, called domestication, does not refer to genetic engineering, but the selection and cultivation of the best trees of those available in nature. It seems straightforward, but it takes time to find the best trees — meanwhile many of them are dying. And, hopefully, if scientists are able to perfect the process of identifying the best trees to cultivate, one day they will become as common in our supermarkets as apples or oranges.


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