From the Indian ocean Island Nation of Madagascar. This is one of the world?s largest trees. It lives for over 2000 years. It is definitely a curious looking one. It is also called the upside down tree - as its structure looks more like roots in winter when there are no leaves. Gets to a height of 16 to 20 meters. Trunk is bottle shaped.
Leaflets arranged like the fingers or digits of a hand - hence the name digitata. Adansania is named after Adanson, a French botanist. The flowers are large and white. They hang from the ends of branches. They are followed by cucumber like hairy fruit. Monkeys relish the fruit so the popular name monkey bread tree. All parts are useful. Provides timber, fibers, leaves as vegetable and acidic seed are an important source of vitamin C, Citric and Tartaric acids.
Usually planted in large gardens, parks and on road-sides. Does not offer any shade in winter and most of summer - but form and structure grabs immediate attention. A slow growing tree. Leaves fall in winter and new leaves appear in May. Most trees planted in India are from the British times. New ones need to be planted.