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Adansonia gregorii, Boab, Baobab, Australian Bottle Tree

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Adansonia gregorii
Family: Malvaceae   (Formerly:Bombacaceae)
Subfamily: Bombacoideae
Boab, Baobab, Australian Bottle Tree
Origin: Northern Territory, West Australia
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This tree has a unique, swollen bottle-like trunk. This deciduous tree bears large, white flowers and ball-like fruits up to 10 cm in diameter. Growth starts off quickly, then slows down. It prefers a loamy soil, and has a smooth, brown to yellowish-green bark. Tropical - but reported to make an nice indoor plant while young.

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Kenneth Robinson
3 Feb 2012
The tubers from the young trees are edible, have been used by the Aboriginies for thousands of years.
These tubers are entering the Australian culinary scene, and look like being a hit.
Port Hedland, WA
8 Jun 2009

Can you please inform me on how to grow a boab from seed. Do i use just sand, potting mix, do i water it alot until it germinates or not very much. do i put a nick in the seed to fasten the sprout? if you could help me by answering my questions it would be much appreciated.


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