Ferdinand J. H. von Mueller,
Capparis gibbosa, A.Cunn.
Adansonia gibbosa, Guymer ex D.A.Baum
Adansonia gregorii f. globosa, Ostenf.
Adansonia gregorii f. typica, Ostenf.
Adansonia rupestris, Kent
Adansonia stanburyana, Hochr.
Baobabus gregorii, Kuntze
The big and beautiful tree appears only in the north-western
part of Australia. It was given this name by Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von
Mueller in 1857. It belongs to the Bombacaceae*
family. The trunk will get op to 5 meter wide and the tree up to 20
meters high. It can be reproduced by cuttings and seeds. Grows best in
grit, lots of water and sun in summer and dry in winter.
There are 6-10 species of Adansonias on Madagascar, one in Africa and this one in
the Kimberley region (Northern and Western Territory), Australia.
It has gourd/egg-formed green fruits, which can be 18 cm long, with
several seeds in a vitamin C hard-foam.
Well, I got some seeds, but they
didn't seem to germinate. Gave most of them to Copenhagen Botanical
Garden, and they had more "luck". Some boil or freeze
them, but they didn't.
I done some additionally
experiments, and most successful by far it simply to throw them into
a cup of 90C hot water, and leave them cooling in for 24 hours. Gave
me 100% success, against 0% with no treatment.
Named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson,1727-1806 and explorer
Charles Augustus Gregory,1819-1905 by Ferdinand von Mueller in 1857. Conningham called it Capparis gibbosa in 1820, but the gregorii
persisted as its official name.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Bombacaceae is now part of the Malvaceae.