First flowering of a small baobab

Monday, September 12, 2011

With pink curlicues and orange stamens, this
Adansonia rubrostipa is a knockout.

An exquisite flower opened on a young baobab that Roger Hammer bought about 15 years ago from Fairchild. Then it was called Adansonia fony.

Over the weekend, Roger sent an email: ''The tree has grown to about 18 feet tall now, and is considered the smallest member of the genus. Yesterday it flowered for the very first time..."

The tree has a new name today -- of course -- and is Adansonia rubrostipa. The flower has died, but Roger's photo shows what a beauty it was.