Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baobab Tree, Delft Island, Sri Lanka

Baobab Tree, Delft Island
The Baobab tree located in Delft island, Jaffna District is said to be one of oldest trees in Sri Lanka.

Baobab in Sri Lanka
Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) is not a native to Sri Lanka but several baobab clusters are found mostly on Mannar and neighboring areas in the north-west of the island. They are believed to be introduced to Sri Lanka by Arab traders (Vandercone et al., 2004). Baobab is called locally as "Aliya-gaha" (elephant-tree) by Sinhalese and as "Perukka" by Tamils (Vandercone et al., 2004).

According to Vandercone et al. (2004) about 40 baobab trees survive in Sri Lanka, of which 34 have been identified in the island of Mannar (Vandercone et al., 2004). Due to its rarity, antiquity and limited distribution, baobab is a protected tree in Sri Lanka (Vandercone et al., 2004).

The baobab tree in Delft island has a large hollow within its trunk and the space it has made is enough for a group of people to assemble in it (Wijebandara, 2014).

An archaeological protected tree
The Baobab Tree found in the area called Kavolaiyampalai in the Grama Niladhari Wasama No. J/6, Delft-East of the Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government Gazette notification published on 22 July 2011.

1) Massive Baobab by David Stanley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. No: 1716. 22 July 2011. p.512
2) Vandercone, R., Sajithran, T.M., Wijeyamohan, S. and Santiapillai, C., 2004. The status of the baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Current Science, pp.1709-1713.
3) Wijebandara, I.D.M., 2014. Yapanaye Aithihasika Urumaya (In Sinhala). Published by the editor. ISBN-978-955-9159-95-7. pp.70-71.

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