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Iconic African tree mysteriously dying



It is a very strange looking tree — recognizable by its distinctive swollen stems — that can grow to a huge size in the low-lying areas of Africa, …
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Africa’s majestic baobab trees are mysteriously dying


The African baobab is one of the continent’s most recognizable tree species.Credit: Hougaard Malan/naturepl.com

Africa’s iconic baobab trees are dying, and scientists don’t know why. In a study intended to examine why the trees are so long-living, researchers made the unexpected finding that many of the oldest and largest of the trees have died in the past decade or so.

The African baobab tree (Adansonia digitata L.) is the oldest living flowering plant, or angiosperm, and is found in the continent’s tropical regions. Individual trees — which can contain up to 500 cubic metres of wood — can live for more than 2,000 years. Their wide trunks often have hollow cavities, and their high branches resemble roots sticking up into the air.


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Africa’s oldest and most unusual trees are mysteriously dying


Some of Africa’s oldest and most unusual trees have mysteriously started dying – and scientists think climate change may be to blame.

An exceptional number of baobabs, which are known to live for up to 2,000 years – and maybe longer – have died in the past 13 years, experts found.

A cavity in the Patrut tree in South…

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