Large trunk tree native to the Angola’s Mayombe forest. This huge vegetal can grow as tall as 30 metres and has a capacity to store, in its giant trunk, up to 120,000 litres of water. For this reason, it is also called the “bottle tree”. The baobab is considered as sacred, inspiring poetries, rites and legends. According to an ancient African legend, for example, the soul of a man will live as long as the baoba, once his dead body is buried inside the tree. Curiously, this tree has a long life span – between 1000 and 6000 years. Only the sequoia and the Japanese cedar can eventually outlive the baobab. It is worth mentioning that this plant was largely publicized in the 20th century, on the book The Little Prince by French writer, Antoine de Saint-Éxupery.


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