Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Order: Malvales
  • Family: Bombacaceae
  • Scientific Name: Adansonia grandidieri
  • Conservation Status: Endangered
  • IUCN ID: 30388

The Grandidier’s Baobab is a tree species native only to Southwest Madagascar. These trees, known by the locals as “Renala,” are a huge resource to them. The fruit and seeds are eaten, and it’s bark is used for rope, roofing and medicinal products, and it has an important role in local culture and traditional ceremonies. While the locals benefit from these plants, the usage also denigrates the current population. The species is threatened by fire, slash-and-burn farming, over-grazing (which inhibits regeneration) and over-exploitation of it’s highly valued products (such as bark and fruits).