Wednesday, 30 July 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY


B IS FOR ..........BOAB TREES

Boabs, or adansonia gregorii, belongs to same family of trees as does the boabab. It is the only variety of boabab found in Australia and is thought to have derived from the boababs found in Madagascar.

In Australia, they are native to the Kimberley area in the NW, and in some parts of the Northern Territory. The majestic boab above sits on the north coast of Western Australia at Murragurra, and has withstood countless summer cyclones.

They also grow in little groups too, of 2 or 3 trees, & many clumps look like friends having a communal hug! Boabs are deciduous & bear white flowers in summer, then huge woody seed pods. Juicy, young boab roots can be chopped up & used in a stir-fry too!

The above boab we camped near in the Gregory National Park in the Northern Territory. In the pre-dawn it filled with Little Corellas, all squawking & carrying-on an awful treat.

On my 'B' list were 13 different things from our 2003 adventure, but , following the 'KISS' principle, just one will do!

However, to see what others came up with, wander over to Mrs Nesbitt's ABC WEdnesday site & click away!

19 comments:

Kim said...

These are really cool. We definitely don't have anything like this in our area.

Annie said...

Ah, well done..I absolutely love those trees...they are making me homesick already...

Annie...

Denise said...

Wednesday does bring knowledge and facts from all over the globe.

babooshka said...

Informative and unusual post,a fruitful find.

Sally said...

Fabby!

I can't seem to get my head around committing to ABC Wed at the moment. I haven't even had a look where I'm up to with ATC swaps yet, and can't even look at the swaps going round! Ah, too much!

Petrus said...

Great pictures of the Boabs !

Very impressed with the picture of the bush fire - nice blog ..

RuneE said...

You have taught me something new - always a welcome thing

Blue said...

I find your trees fascinating.
And, as for that Sky Watch shot, am sorry I missed earlier as I participate there too.

magiceye said...

interestingly informative

Gemma said...

Wow...I am a tree lover. Have never seen a boab tree! They are beautiful!

Miss_Yves said...

Amazing pictures, strange tree...
Frnch readers of Le Petit Prince written by Saint-Exupéry have heard of Baobabs!
miss Yves

Bear Naked said...

To my eye they look like giant brown carrots.

Bear((( )))

Texas Travelers said...

Great photographs.
One of my favorite upside-down trees.


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TSannie said...

One of the strangest trees I've ever seen. Thanks for telling me/us about them!

Helen said...

You've seen some amazing things in your travels. I live in Australia too, but have never seen a boab tree. They're fantastic!

chanpheng said...

Very interesting trees. I've never imagined they would grow in Australia! Thanks for posting the pictures - and thanks for stopping by my blog.

PS - the bananas in my post should make someone hungry. They are the most delicious bananas imaginable!

Louis la Vache said...

What an interesting post! "Louis" did not know of these trees. How unusual the way they clump together as they do.

"Louis" thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

system operator said...

Those are very strange looking trees you have photographed. Like how you get that light and shadow on the bulbed body of the tree. Very nice.

Nydia said...

Are they the Little Prince's trees?
Awesome!