Description of the genus
Trees, sometimes spiny. Leaves digitate with 5-7 leaflets. Flowers large (c. 5 cm or more long) solitary or in short cymes or clusters. Calyx truncate or shortly lobed. Petals 5. Stamens numerous. Ovary 5-locular with many ovules per loculus. Fruit dehiscent, a 5-lobed woody capsule, full of silky hairs containing the seeds.
Derivation of name: Silk (referring to the silky hairs surrounding the seeds)
Worldwide: 20 species in the Old World tropics
Other sources of information about Bombax:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): BombaxFlora Zambesiaca
web site: BombaxGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for BombaxIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): BombaxKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Bombax.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1704, retrieved 19 May 2013