Glencoe Baobab

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Baobab tree in Kruger National Park, South Africa is of the same (Adansonia digitata) species as the Glencoe Baobab

Glencoe Baobab is the stoutest and second largest baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in South Africa, and possibly the stoutest tree in the world. The tree is located in Glencoe Farm, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province and had a trunk diameter of 15.9 m (52 ft).

The tree divides into several trunks close to the ground. The main trunk had lowered into the ground a long time ago. In November 2009 the tree split in two parts, opening up an enormous hollow.[1]

The diameter of the tree before the split was 15.9 m (52 ft) with a circumference of 47 m (154 ft). The height is 17 m (56 ft), and the spread of crown is 37.05 m (121.6 ft).[2]

The dates "1893" and "1896" are carved on the tree's stem.[3] Radiocarbon dating performed in 2013 suggested an age of 1,835 years.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Times Live. "Tree doctors to the rescue.". Archived from the original on 24 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. "List of champion trees published for comment". 
  3. ^ Andrew Hankey. "Adansonia digitata A L.". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ Grové, Naas. "How old can trees be?". northwestnewspapers.co.za. Rustenburg Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 

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Coordinates: 24°22′25″S 30°51′24″E / 24.37361°S 30.85667°E / -24.37361; 30.85667