This monster is called a baobab or boab tree. We came upon it while driving along the road through arid southwest Madagascar. Our driver pulled over so we could take photos.
I don’t want to overload you (or myself) with facts, but it’s official name is Adansonia grandidieri or Grandidier’s baobab. Madagascar is home to six of the world’s nine species of baobabs and no one would dispute that these are the most impressive.
Their massive trunks are covered with smooth, reddish-grey bark, they sport beautiful bluish-green leaves, and they can reach a height of 100 feet. In spring they are crowned with spectacular outburst of white flowers.
But if you think this single boab is impressive, just wait a few days. We’ll be visiting a place called the Avenue of Baobabs that promises to be jaw-dropping incredible.