Adansonia digitata L.

 
  • Family : BOMBACACEAE
    (BOMBAX or KAPOK FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Malvaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Adansonia digitata L.
  • Common name : African Calabash, Baobab Tree, Monkey Bread Tree, African Baobab tree
  • Vernacular name : Gorakh mili (Hindi); Brahma mulika (Kannada); Enugulouda chettu (Telugu); Anaippuli, Papparappuli (Tamil); Chitrala (Sanskrit); Gorakh-amla, Gorkh-chinch (Marathi)
  • Habit : Tree
  • Habitat : Introduced and planted
  • Comments / notes : Often planted in gardens and in cultivation fields on plains. Fruits are said to have cooling effect
  • Flower, Fruit : April-September
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Dharwad district, KBL
    • Kerala : Kannur district
    • Maharashtra : Nagpur district, Aurangabad district, Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Pune district
    • Tamil Nadu : Planted
  • Native : Tropical Africa
  • World Distribution : Africa, Tropical Asia, Madagascar
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Seetharam et al., 2000 – Gulbarga.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Adansonia digitata. Downloaded on 21 October 2019.

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