Bombax costatum has frequently been misidentified as this species[
Bombax angulicarpum Ulbr.
Bombax buesgenii Ulbr.
Bombax flammeum Ulbr.
Bombax reflexum Sprague
Gossampinus angulicarpa (Ulbr.) Bakh.
Gossampinus buonopozensis (P.Beauv.) Bakh.
Gossampinus flammea (Ulbr.) Bakh.
Gossampinus reflexa Bakhuisen
Bombax buonopozense is a deciduous tree with a narrow crown usually growing from 35 - 40 metres tall, but exceptionally to 60 metres[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole has small, rounded buttresses. It can be free of branches for 18 - 24 metres and 60 - 120cm in diameter[
]. The bole, especially of younger trees, and the younger branches, are armed with stout conical spines[
A fibre is obtained from the seedpods. The tree has been cultivated on an experimental basis as a fibre crop in Cameroon[
], it is also sometimes grown as an ornamental.
West tropical Africa - Guinea to Uganda, south to Gabon, Angola and southern DR Congo.
Lowland (secondary) rain-forest; gallery and swamp forest; coastal scrub[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Young leaves and flowers are eaten[
]. They can be dried or used as a potherb[
The fleshy, rather mucilaginous calyces are eaten or used in sauces like the calyx of Hibiscus sabdariffa[
Young fruits - cut, dried and then eaten in various meals[
Seed hairs are useful as packing material for pillows, mattresses etc[
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