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Useful Tropical Plants

Bombacopsis sessilis

(Benth.) Pittier

Malvaceae


There is still doubt about the correct name for this species, and there is a strong possibility that it will be transferred to the genus Pachira as Pachira sessilis Benth.[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Bombax sessile (Benth.) Bakh.

Pachira angusta Duchass. ex Decne.

Pachira sessilis Benth.

Common Name:

Bombacopsis sessilis
Flowering stems
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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General Information

Bombacopsis sessilis is a deciduous tree growing 20 - 25 metres tall. The bole is cylindrical, though bent and often inclined, and can be 60cm in diameter. At its base, the bole develops small but distinct buttress roots that meld with it at a height of about one metre. Branches are relatively few in number, stout, and haphazardly arranged, yielding a thin, somewhat narrow, asymmetrical crown[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
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Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
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Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its fibre and edible seeds, which are used locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

502
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 18
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
Includes a treatment of the Annona. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Central America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

Grows almost exclusively in sandy soils and in near proximity to the ocean, often forming small stands[
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Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
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Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
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Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height22.00 m
PollinatorsBats, Moths
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed[
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Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
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Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
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Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Bromeliads and other epiphytic plants are commonly found attached to the branches due to the openness of the tree's crown and the large amounts of insolation that penetrate it. This is even more true during the dry season when no foliage is present to obstruct the sun[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
].

Other Uses

The cottony fibre found in the seedpods can be used as insulation, stuffing for toys, pillows etc, or as a filler for upholstery[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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The wood is light and little used[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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Propagation

Seed - germination in the wild takes places immediately the seeds have been released and made contact with moist soil - or, if the weather is still dry, they await the arrival of the rainy season[
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Title
Trees of Costa Rica's Pacific Slope
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cds.ed.cr/teachers/harmon/page1.html
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
Information on over 80 species of tree from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
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