Monday, April 16, 2007
The baobab wished to be the most beautiful of all trees, but seeing it wasn't hid its head in the ground for shame, exposing its roots to the air.
Or, according to another story, the baobab was the tree that walked and to punish it a jealous god turned it upside down.
The baobab lives for thousands of years, it is claimed, but produces no bark-rings, making it hard to tell one way or the other.
The inside of its trunk is often hollow. People even live inside them.
On small, Little Prince-inhabited planets however, they can be something of a nuisance.