The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs

  title={The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs},
  author={Adrian Patrut and Stephan Woodborne and Roxana T. Patrut and L{\'a}szl{\'o} R{\'a}kosy and Daniel A. Lowy and Grant Hall and Karl F. Von Reden},
  journal={Nature Plants},
The African baobab is the biggest and longest-living angiosperm tree. By using radiocarbon dating we identified the stable architectures that enable baobabs to reach large sizes and great ages. We report that 9 of the 13 oldest and 5 of the 6 largest individuals have died, or at least their oldest parts/stems have collapsed and died, over the past 12 years; the cause of the mortalities is still unclear.A descriptive study of several of the oldest baobab trees in sub-Saharan Africa, which are… 
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