A tree of tropical Africa ; known also as the monkey-bread tree. Its size is gigantic, and it lives to a great age. Its trunk does not usually exceed 40 feet in height, but its girth sometimes reaches 75 feet. Its branches are from 50 to 75 feet long, and touch the ground. The fruit is abundant, and of the size of a citron, its pulp being pleasant and slightly acid. The juice sweetened with sugar, makes a cooling and refreshing beverage. The bark yields a very strong fibre.