Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.

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Ceiba pentandra

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic garden, Harare

Ceiba pentandra

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic garden, Harare

Ceiba pentandra

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic garden, Harare

Ceiba pentandra

Photo: Mark Hyde
National Botanic garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Bombax pentandrum L.
Ceiba casearia Medik.
Eriodendron anfractuosum DC.
Common names: Kapok tree (English) Silk-cotton tree (English)
Description: Large tree, to 50 m or more. Trunk large, usually spiny, with wide narrow buttresses. Leaves palmate ; leaflets 5-7, oblong-lanceolate, to 15 cm long, entire. Flowers usually appearing before the leaves. Calyx with 5 short lobes. Petals to 3.5 cm long, oblong-obovate, white, yellowish or rose. Capsule 10 - 25 cm long, ellipsoid to fusiform.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pentandra: with five stamens.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Literature:

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976). Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York Page 239.

Wild, H. (1961). Bombacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 414 - 517. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Ceiba pentandra
Flora of Zambia: Ceiba pentandra
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Ceiba pentandra
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ceiba pentandra

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ceiba pentandra
African Plant Database: Ceiba pentandra
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ceiba pentandra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ceiba pentandra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ceiba pentandra
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ceiba pentandra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ceiba pentandra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ceiba pentandra
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ceiba pentandra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ceiba pentandra
Ispot Southern Africa: Ceiba pentandra
JSTOR Plant Science: Ceiba pentandra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ceiba pentandra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ceiba pentandra
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ceiba pentandra
Tropicos: Ceiba pentandra


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Ceiba pentandra.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=167510, retrieved 23 November 2017

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