Today’s photographs are from two sources. The flower photograph is from frequent BPotD contributor Dinesh aka dinesh_valke@Flickr via the BPotD Flickr Group Pool (original). Thank you, again, Dinesh! The second image is via the Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Myriam Louviot (original), with use granted under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. A thanks to you, Myriam, as well.
Continuing with the series on African plants, baobab is an iconic species of this continent. Adansonia digitata is widely distributed across Africa with a range that extends into Oman and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental in tropical environments, and the Genetic Resources Information Network suggests it has naturalized in some places. At least with respect to Pacific Islands, it has been graded as having a low invasive potential.
Wikipedia provides a brief summary of Adansonia digitata, but I’d suggest bypassing that link and instead reading the detailed summary from Plantzafrica.com on Adansonia digitata. The latter resource has information on the lemonade-like drink produced from the fruit, the origin of the name (for Michel Adanson), individual baobab trees of note, and an extremely intriguing section on uses and cultural aspects of the species (prisons, rainwater reservoirs, beehives, fishing nets, and food, to name but a few).