Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Baobab Trees

These strange and interesting trees originated in Africa. They store water in their trunks and tend to fluctuate in size depending on the time of year and rainfall amounts.

Aren't they cool looking?

Among villages in the Zambezi Valley it is believed that when the world was young the Baobabs were upright and proud. However, for some unknown reason they lorded over the lesser growths. The Gods then became angry and uprooted the Baobabs, thrusting them back to the ground where they landed upside down but continued to grow. Evil spirits are now said to haunt the sweet white flowers and anyone who picks one will be eaten by a lion. Drink water in which the tree’s seeds have been soaked though, and you will be safe from a crocodile attack!

More interesting information on this amazing tree can be found here.