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.[
Bombax sessile (Benth.) Bakh.
Pachira angusta Duchass. ex Decne.
Pachira sessilis Benth.
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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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[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its fibre and edible seeds, which are used locally.
Central America - Panama, Costa Rica.
Grows almost exclusively in sandy soils and in near proximity to the ocean, often forming small stands[
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]. They are said to be especially good toasted[
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[
The cottony fibre found in the seedpods can be used as insulation, stuffing for toys, pillows etc, or as a filler for upholstery[
The wood is light and little used[
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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