|Classification|||||A.04.1. Botany, Trees|
|Instangible Aspects|||||It's called the "upside-down-tree" because its bare branches look like roots in the dry seasons. It is believed that it receives its strength from heaven. The tree is often associated with settlements|
|Refences|||||Official Gazette 1608, No. 303, 1951. Vogt, Andreas, "National Monuments in Namibia", Windhoek 2004, p.24-27.|
|Legal Status|||||Declared as National Monument on 02.07.1951 by the Historical Monuments Commission for South West Africa (HMC).|
Trunk with a circumference of 18.5 m, the branches are up to 12 m long. 4 ha of surrounding land are also proclaimed. The inscription of the plaque reads: "The baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, is a protected species. Although it does not grow very tall, its trunk may reach a circumference of up to 30 m. These trees occur at low altitudes in hot, dry woodlands, and very large specimens may well be over 3,000 years old. The bark is soft and fibrous, being suitable for making rope, floor mats and paper. Baobab trees have a remarkable capacity to survive: they continue to fourish even when the interior has been gutted by fire. The hollow trunks have occasionally served as houses, a post office, prison and storage barn. A wealth of African legends and superstitions surrounds the tree, such as the belief that a man who drinks an infusion af the bark will receive the gift of immense strength.
At the stage of its proclamation the biggest of its kind that was known. Under the shade of the tree meetings and other social events were held.