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Taxon: Adansonia digitata L.

Genus: Adansonia
Family: Malvaceae subfamily: Bombacoideae. Also placed in: Bombacaceae
Nomen number: 1433
Place of publication: Syst. nat. ed. 10, 2:1144. 1759 (Sp. pl. 2:1190. 1753, nom. inval.)
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Comment: genus not validated until 1759, as Linnaeus (in Sp. pl. ed. 1 and Gen. pl.) failed to provide a description or a reference to a previously published one
Name verified on: 29-Sep-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 26-Jul-2010
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • baobab   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • dead-rat-tree   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • monkey-bread-tree   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • kremetart   (Source: Med Pl SAfr ) – Afrikaans
  • calebassier du Sénégal   (Source: C. Feuillet, p.c.) – French
  • pain de singe   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Affenbrotbaum   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • imbondeiro   (Source: Lost Crops Afr 3:56) – Portuguese (Angola)
  • baobá   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • baobab   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Mali; Niger; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa - Transvaal
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar

  • widely naturalized in tropics

    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Sri Lanka
    Malesia: Indonesia - Java
    Caribbean: West Indies
    South America



Check other web resources for Adansonia digitata L.:

  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • On-line Flora of Zimbabwe
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (31 August 2015)

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