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Rare Baobab trees bloom in Dhofar
March 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The Directorate General (DG) for Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar has been making efforts in the field of protection and rehabilitation of Baobab trees. -ONA
 
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Salalah: Tabaldi Baobab is a rare, large and endangered tree which is protected in most countries, including the Sultanate.  The scientific name for the tree is dansonia digitata and English common names include dead-rat tree, monkey-bread tree, upside-down tree and cream of tartar tree.

Baobab trees, locally known as Ankiji or Al Mashwa, grow naturally in the Hinnah Valley of the Hasheer Mountain in the Mirbat wilayat of Dhofar governorate. They grow alone in the Dhalkut wilayat, as well as in the wilayats of Sohar and Liwa in the North Al Batinah governorate.

There are about 200 Baobab trees in Dhofar, which are 15 metres high with trunks that are nearly two metres in diameter. In places such as Africa, the number of such trees is almost double, because there they grow and multiply in large numbers.

There are nine species of the Baobab in the world. Seven of them are in the island of Madagascar and one each in Oman, Yemen, and Australia.



The Baobab trees in Dhofar attract visitors and researchers interested in plant life. They are unique as compared to others growing in the mountains of the governorate.

The Ministries of Environment and Climate Affairs and Agriculture and Fisheries are keen to look after nature conservation and protection of wildlife, and they play an important in nurturing wild plants and a number of endangered trees in selected sites in collaboration with the government and private institutions and the local population.



The Directorate General (DG) for Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar has been making efforts in the field of protection and rehabilitation of Baobab trees and replanting them in a number of nurseries to preserve and protect them from extinction.

The directorate has also implemented the anti-extinction Baobab tree Protection Project in the Dhalkut wilayat.

The DG has collected the seeds of the Baobab tree and replanted them in the Niyabat of Qairon Hairiti and in the park in Salalah, in addition to distributing them to a number of governmental and private entities.

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