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Baobab (Adansonia digitata), tree of tropical Africa and India with a remarkably thick trunk, reaching 30 ft (10 m) in diameter. The related Australian species is sometimes called the bottle tree for its unusual shape. The branches bear dense masses of leaves, used for medicine and condiments, white flowers, and an edible gourdlike fruit, the juice of which is made into a beverage. The bark is used to make rope, cloth, and paper, and the hollowed trunks are used for dwellings.

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