It is a symbolic tree of West Africa. It can reach a diameter of 6 meters and can be 25 meters high. The Baobab loses its leaves during the dry season and is often scrawny-looking on the poor soil. Its wood is limp and spongy and is not used. Its fruit is called monkey bread. In the Park the Baobab is found notably in the sites of old villages, but it can be found all over the Park as it thrives on all kinds of soil.
The Ronier is a beautiful palm tree, easily distinguished by its wide fan-like leaves and the noticeably thicker top third of the trunk. It enjoys full sunlight and open spaces that also allows it to remain untouched by bush fires once it reaches maturity.
It is one of the biggest African acacias that you will see in the Park. They are abundant along the Porga-Pendjari Hotel route. You can also find them in the forest galleries of Bondjagou. It is the elephants’ favorite food item in the dry season.
Kigelia (Kigelia africana)
Its common name “sausage tree” is due to its big clusters of flowers that are dark red or yellow and cylindrical fruits of 30 to 90 cm in size that hang from the end of its long branches as if attached by a string.
African copaiba balsam tree (Daniellia oliveri)
The African copaiba balsam tree may be the most beautiful tree in the wooded savanna. It is spread by runners which enables it to form small leaved forests composed only of its own species. It often reaches heights of 20 meters and is easily recognizable by its grayish white trunk and its upside-down cone shape, which is flat on top.
Flowers of Daniellia