Trunk, Bark and Branches

The tree is charcterised by its massive size. Some individuals can reach a girth up to 28 m. The trunk is swollen and stout. The Bark is coloured red to grey and the inner bark possesses longitudial fibres (13, 16). When the tree has shed its leaves there is a green layer below the bark presumed to photosynthesis. Branches are distributed irregularly and large, young branches are a little bit tomentose (13).


Seedlings produce a taproot. Later the tree produces an lateral root system. This system allows the trees to collect and store water during rainfalls. The Roots of old trees extend an area of about 100 m with shallow roots (2 m). This is one reason why trees are often toppled (13).