The baobab tree is famous for looking like it is growing upside-down and has always been interesting because its origins were not well understood. Recent research, using studies of its genes and its living environment, found that the baobab tree started in Madagascar about 21 million years ago. The tree managed to reach Africa and Australia because its seeds could travel over the ocean. The baobab is very important for both nature and people. It grows in dry areas called savannahs, where it provides food, homes, and places for animals to build nests. Local people also find the baobab very useful because they can eat its fruit and use its leaves and flowers for medicine. The tree can hold a lot of water in its trunk, which is very helpful during dry times. The roots of the baobab help keep the soil healthy and bring back nutrients, making the tree vital for a healthy environment.