National Geographic : 1942 Mar
394 The National Geographic Magazine 5 r-v:" 1/2. VA ., (X11 ,54 / <;s zI- ;..1 Field Museum of Natural History Tree of All Uses in Arid West Africa Is the Baobab Large cavities serve as reservoirs for water storage. The natives relish the leaves in soup, make eye medicine by baking or steeping the bark, and eat the large fruit as a cooked vegetable. This gigantic specimen, near Dakar, is more than 65 feet in circumference. The wood is too spongy and porous for lumber. z wt.~t-~ , e ~ - ~ .