The Tree of Life

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Baobab tree has many other names.  Bottle tree, tabaldi, monkey bread tree or dead rat tree just to name a few.

It has a life span of up to many thousands years though the tree age can’t be verified by the tree ring, as bottle tree doesn’t produce annual rings like some others.

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I see that these trees living in a corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens are much younger compared to those living in Africa in terms of its stature.

bottole tree magadasca (en.wilipedia.org)
By courtesy of (en.wilipedia.org)

There are many remarkable and iconic Baobab growing in Africa.  Judging by the shape, this tree undoubtedly could be one of the famous trees in Madagascar.

By courtesy of en.academic.ru
By courtesy of en.academic.ru

The Baobab tree is also called the Tree of Life.  Reason being it not only provides shade but food and water for living beings.  The bark can be used as rope or cloth where the leaves are used as condiments and medicines.  The tree trunk can store water up to hundreds of litres during rainy season and the tree are able to produce fruit later on in the year when everything around them is dry and barren.  The fruit named Monkey Bread is rich in vitamin C and it’s edible.  It is easy to see why baobab is referred to as The Tree of Life.

By courtesy of www.hobotraveler.com
By courtesy of http://www.hobotraveler.com

The matured trees are usually hollow.  It magnanimously provides a sheltered space for human and animals sharing with him the same roof and joining him as a family.

baobab tree walt the lion king

The fame of this tree can’t be denied.  The Baobab tree is also being selected and featured in some Disney’s movie like ‘The Lion King’.  So the next time you see a tree, you may be chancing into the Tree of Life, a tree of fame on this fertile earth.

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47 thoughts on “The Tree of Life

    Prodigal Daughter said:
    April 3, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Isn’t Baobab the tree form the Little Prince?

      unexpectedincommonhours said:
      April 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Yes, it is from The Little Prince. A beautiful tree and a beautiful little book.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 3, 2013 at 10:54 am

        Yes, I love this book too! But until now I still don’t understand the meaning of this book! 😦
        Seems like I got more to go… 😥

        Prodigal Daughter said:
        April 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        I love the Little Prince! I will read it again tonight:) have a lovely night Ms. Unexpected and Sydney.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

        Good night! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Yes! That is the one! 🙂

    Life&Ink said:
    April 3, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Thanks for the education Sydney! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

      You are welcome! Just a little green tour! 🙂

    jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com said:
    April 3, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Fascinating post about Baobab tree.There are so many wonders in our world probably we haven’t discovers 1% yet.Thank you for liking my post ( You were created beautiful) jalal

      Books & Art - Spirit & Soul - Lesley Fletcher said:
      April 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Jalal – Hi, I have not seen any posts from you but you have been to my site. Do you have a WordPress blog I can follow? Please contact me and let me know. The instrument you are holding is special to me. Would love to hear you play. Sincerely.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

      You are most welcome, Jalal! Yes!I do have a question like Lesley, what is the instrument that holding in your hand?

    Books & Art - Spirit & Soul - Lesley Fletcher said:
    April 3, 2013 at 6:47 am

    The tree of life … wonderful post.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Thanks,Lesley! You are great and wonderful too! 🙂

    ryan said:
    April 3, 2013 at 9:04 am

    thank you Syd for the info.
    i wondering all this time about the tree of life… and you wrote it. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Is just my little green tour!
      Have a smooth day, Ryan! 🙂

    gita4elamats said:
    April 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Have you read Patrick White’s ‘The Tree of Life’?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

      No, is it about the tree? 🙂

        gita4elamats said:
        April 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

        No, it about ancestry and life. It’s great book; Patrick White won a Nobel prize for literature.

    mydailyminefield said:
    April 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    There is something comforting, about an old tree. Like an old friend, it has seen so much yet, keeps your secrets. Wonderful post!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

      To me, this tree is better than any Eco system in the world! 🙂

    godtisx said:
    April 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Hmmm, I learned something today… 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thank you! You makes me smile! 🙂

        godtisx said:
        April 4, 2013 at 1:33 am

        GOOD!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

        🙂

    Indira said:
    April 4, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Very beautiful tree. Lovely images.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

      A great tree, indeed! 🙂

    Patty B said:
    April 4, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Such a beautiful tree and very interesting, I learned something new today!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Patty, I learn from you too! 🙂

    kelihasablog said:
    April 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Wow… what a tree! 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

      This is the Fame of Tree! 🙂

    ordered chaos @2011 said:
    April 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    in recent days, I take many many more tree photo but don’t know tree name, your trees lovely 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      In fact, I know more plants than trees, is just I get started to know more now.
      But still got more to catch up! 🙂

    shiroknowes said:
    April 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love three I don’t know why but the attract me in a curious way ! Xoxo

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Hug them more often, you will get good luck in return! 🙂

        shiroknowes said:
        April 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        I will do and think it’s also fun to do ! Bye

    gita4elamats said:
    April 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Sorry, Sydney, just realised that it was ‘The tree of man’ not ‘life’.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Never mind, I didn’t see it! 🙂

    guttermutt said:
    April 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Just WOW!!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      April 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      That is good enough! 🙂

      illus said:
      April 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      I love trees:)

        Sydney Fong responded:
        April 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        We are friend now! 🙂

    evilnymphstuff said:
    April 8, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I love baobab trees… in fact all trees fascinate me… 🙂 Beautiful!

    Sydney Fong responded:
    April 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Indeed, with a such knowledgeable person like you, I’m sure you know the Baobab tree.
    After knowing this tree, I put him my no 1 tree….:)

    likeitiz said:
    April 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Sydney, quite simply, “what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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