Native people call this old giant tropical tree “mother of the forest”, it has acquired the status of Madagascar’s national tree. It is also named upside-down tree due to its root-like crown. However, tourists mainly recognize it as a baobab tree.
Their greatest number is located on the famous Avenue of Baobabs which connects the cities of Morondava and Belon’I Tsiribihina on the western coast of the island. The Avenue is a feast for the eyes, particularly at sunset when leaves change their colour. Then the avenue literally flourishes: the baobabs’ brown buds blossom with white delicate flowers. The blooming period is limited to 24 hours. At night bats tempted by the blossom’s musky scent collect its sweet nectar and the next day the flowers fade.