Gossampinus insignis (Wall.) Bakh.
Bombax insigne is a deciduous tree growing up to 30 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and fibre.
E. Asia - India, Nicobar and Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam.
Dry ravines in deciduous forests[
]. Lowland jungles[
|Other Uses Rating||
Found at elevations up to 900 metres[
]. The plant grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 30 - 35°c, but can tolerate 10 - 43°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall of 1,500 - 2,500mm, but tolerates 1,000 - 3,750mm[
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained, light to medium soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 6.5, tolerating 5.5 - 7[
Plants can survive forest fires[
A fibre obtained from the seed floss can be used as a stuffing material or spun[
The whitish wood is very light, soft, but more durable than that of Bombax malabaricum[
]. It is used for making packing cases. It is particularly valued for making matches[
]. It is also good for pulping to make paper, although it is rather difficult to crush[
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.