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Adansonia (Baobab genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Malvales > Family: Malvaceae

Eight species, native to tropical Africa, Madagascar and Australia. The only African species is the Baobab Adansonia digitata. Five non-African species have been cultivated in southern Africa. Adansonia was formerly placed in the family Bombacaceae which has now been synonymised under Malvaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Adansonia digitata (Baobab)

The Baobab is one of the most well known African tree species, partly because of its extraordinary size and appearance but also because of its many uses. See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Adansonia rubrostipa (Fony baobab, Ringy, Zameny)

[= Adansonia fony]

Native to Madagascar. See Wikipedia


Adansonia grandidieri (Reniala)

Native to Madagascar. See Wikipedia


Adansonia gregorii (Boab, Dead rat tree, Gadawon)

Native to Australia. See Wikipedia


Adansonia madagascariensis (Za, Zabe, Renida, Bozy)

Native to Madagascar. See Wikipedia


Adansonia za (Za, Ringy, Boringy)

Native to Madagascar. See Wikipedia




  • Baum, D.A. 1995. A systematic revision of Adansonia (Bombacaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 82: 440-470.

  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.