His majesty, the Boabab Tree; Also called Boab trees, they sit like ancient prehistoric monoliths amidst a landscape reminiscent of another planet. Their huge bulging trunks, spidery branches and large nuts set them apart from anything else growing in Australia. They only occur in the Kimberley and Victoria River area of the Northern Territory ~ By Garry - www.visionandimagination.com This photo was taken on March 7, 2012.
The Boab, easily recognized by the swollen base of its trunk, is commonly found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and also in the Northern Territory. This particular Boab stood out against the flat land behind it, and I knew it had to be photographed. I first arrived at this scene in the middle…
They're conspicuous and extremely old. They have bulbous bottoms and web-like tops. They've been used as landmarks, impromptu prison cells, and even a nice salad. Somehow they also made it all the way from Africa to Australia: Presenting the incredible (edible) boab.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the boab tree. With its bulbous trunk and spider web-like branches, boab trees are a dark an otherworldly sight. Also called bottle trees, Aussies simply refer to them as “boabs” and you’ll see a lot of these gnarled beasts Down Under. Photo courtesy of Dr. Kathryn Starkey and Molly Evans.