The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs

The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs

The African baobab is the biggest and longest-living angio-sperm tree. By using radiocarbon dating we identified the stable architectures that enable baobabs to reach large sizes and great ages. We report that 9 of the 13 oldest and 5 of the 6 largest individuals have died, or at least their oldest parts/stems have collapsed and died, over the past 12 years; the cause of the mortalities is still unclear…