Baobab trees (Adansonia digitata), are very common in most of the dry parts of Africa. The Baobab tree botanical name is Adansonia digitata but it is also known in English language as African baobab, Baobab of Mahajanga (Madagascar), Cream-tartar tree, Dead-rat tree (South Africa), Ethiopian sour bread, Monkey-bread tree (South Africa), Sour gourd and बाओबाब Baaobaab in Hindi.
Baobab trees usually grow solitary, as a distinctive image of the African Savannah  being commonly found in many countries as Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal , but it can also be found in India, where it was brought from Africa hundreds of years ago. Some individual Baobab trees living over a thousand years of age . The largest known Baobab tree known, the Grootboom, collapsed unexpectedly in northeastern Namibia back in 2004.
Grootboom wood samples collected from different areas of the trunk were processed and investigated by accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating, giving an estimated age greater than 1000 years "before present", meaning that the corresponding calibrated calendar age of the oldest sample was approximately 1275 years old, making Grootboom the oldest known angiosperm tree with reliable dating results . Until the end of the rainy season the Grootboom was still healthy and alive but for unknown reasons that tree cease to exist. Image: Baobab by Stuart Basil under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: African baobab, Baobab of Mahajanga (Madagascar), Cream-tartar tree, Dead-rat tree (South Africa), Ethiopian sour bread, Monkey-bread tree (South Africa), Sour gourd and बाओबाब Baaobaab in Hindi .