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The Baobab at Victoria Gardens #ThursdayTreeLove


561I haven’t been out much these days because Wow Dinga’s summer vacations have been extended and my mornings go by in keeping an eye on him.  Luckily this works out well for Ms. Papaya who otherwise would have been bored. But since the time is too short to make a quick trip anywhere, I couldn’t go out to take photos of trees in my neighbourhood.

Luckily, I figured that I could post old pictures and while going through my files, I found this beautiful Baobab tree inside the Victoria Gardens as it was known when the tree was first planted.

As the tree grew bigger, the garden morphed into Veer Mata Jijabai Udyan.  Perhaps it is fortituous that the BMC’s apathy in a way ‘preserved’ this garden which otherwise would have fallen to the developer’s avaricious hands like most of Mumbai’s green spaces.

I first heard about the Baobab tree when I read St. Exupery’s Little Prince .

Though this tree is native to Africa, I found two alone in South Mumbai. Let’s hope that these magnificent trees that can live for centuries actually live for a few years more and don’t suffer the fate of  Africa’s Baobab trees that are slowly dying for some strange reason.

Sharing this post with Parul’s #ThursdayTreeLove-45 where you can see other tree lovers share their posts.

Have a great Friday!


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Author: Bellybytes

Proud Mumbai gal who always sees the humour in life. The mum who made banana fritters when all the other mums made cupcakes.

13 Comments on “The Baobab at Victoria Gardens #ThursdayTreeLove

  1. Baobab tree in India? wow! I never knew about this. I recently saw a couple of these in Singapore. Previously, I came across pictures posted by other bloggers. It is certainly a very unique tree. I have also posted for this week’s TTL. It is about the sickle bush tree!

    Let me also mention here that as you mentioned in the previous post, your blog certainly is having a problem as I couldn’t access one of your post with the heading fort. It just didn’t open despite attempting many times.

    1. Thanks for pointing it out . Since I have no access to technology I’m going to do what all Indians do – pray and do some fasting – may be a Navratri vrat or something…. it’s almost like my blog is terminally ill and I will do anything to keep it going 🙁 ;(

  2. That is a beautiful tree. I have never heard of them but reading your post, made me think of Bangalore. It is said that in Bangalore a lot of seeds were brought that were not native to the country. Some seeds survived and some did not. Today we had Avacado and Figs around due to that effort.
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    1. Ah Avocado! My dad just sent me 2 doz from his garden in Pune . Sometimes non native trees like Eucalyptus and varieties like Cassia grow very well in our climes

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