Australian baobab tree, Kimberley region, Western Australia © plainpicture/Cultura
There is much mythology surrounding the Australian baobab tree, known for its large, swollen trunk. Commonly called a boab in Australia, the species is related to other baobab species in Arabia and Africa. Other names for the Australian boab are ‘bottle tree,’ ‘upside down tree,’ and ‘gouty stem tree.’ All seem appropriate to us. Some indigenous communities relied on the trees for water (stored in its massive trunk), food, and medicine. Ancient baobabs were cherished as beloved individuals.