Baobabs of Madagascar

January 1, 2022

Baobab Alley near Morondava, is perhaps the most recognizable place in Madagascar. Towering Adansonia grandidieri, the world’s tallest at over 90 feet, line a dirt road and dot the fields and swamps of the Menabe region of western Madagascar. It is but one of six species native to the island nation. On our 2007 expedition, we saw three species, including A. grandidieri, A. rubrostipa and A. za. These spectacular trees are in danger because of exploitation for bark and edible parts, as well as habitat loss.

Adansonia grandidieri in the Alley of the Baobabs, near Morondava, Madagascar.

Adansonia rubrostipa near the Kirindy Forest, Madagascar.

Adansonia za in the Menabe Region, Western Madagascar

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