The Boab Trees

Still in the Gregory National Park, we encounter our first Boab Tree. Adansonia gregorii, commonly known as the boab, is a tree in the family Malvaceae. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which gives the tree a bottle-like appearance. Endemic to Australia, boab occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and east into the Northern Territory. It is the only baobab to occur in Australia, the others being native to Madagascar (six species) and mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (two species).

One strange sight is a large Boab clearly inscribed with the date July 2nd 1856 which marks the landing of the explorer Augustus Charles Gregory on the Victoria River.

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