A tree with a Water Tank !

In the deserts of Africa, there is a tree called the baobab. For most of the year, it is leafless. The trunk is swollen and the branches look like roots sticking up in the air. The most amazing thing about this tree is that the swollen trunk can store up to 120,000(l) liters of water!
People living in the dry areas where it grows, will often pierce the trunk and drain the water stored in it. They use this water even for drinking. It is a tree that provides food and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African Savannah regions. The cork-like bark is fire resistant and is used for cloth and rope. The leaves are used to make medicine.
In African medicine, the baobab fruit is used to treat a number of illnes including asthma, fever, diarrhoea, malaria and smallpox. The fruit called " monkey bread " , is rich in vitamin C is edible. Some of these baobab trees have roots that go very , very deep into the soil and suck up water from the depths of the earth. In case of the baobab tree , during the wet months, it stores water in its thick , corky, fire - resistant trunk for the nine dry months ahead. A baobab tree can live for thousands years. It's found not only in Africa.