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Ceiba pentandra
Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida
Scientific name - Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.

Synonyms - anfractuosum Eriodendron DC.

Popular names - kapok, silk cotton.

Distribution and Habitat - a native of tropical America, seen as a species cultivated in the Philippines, growing in arid regions,forests and grasslands from sea level to 1000 m altitude.

Description - tree, 40 meters high. Cylindrical trunk with thorns,pale brown bark. Leaves alternate, palmately-compound leaflets5-8, lanceolate, acuminate, entire, 6-15 cm long. Flowersnumerous, tubular, white, 3 cm long, in axillary fascicles. bloomsin January-March. Capsule oblong, clocks, 15 x 5 cm.

Curiosity - leaves and flowers are used in infusions anddecocturi.

Ceiba pentandra is a sacred species for Cubans, not cut, norused as firewood.
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