Bombax ventricosa Arruda
Ceiba incana (A.Robyns) Ravenna
Chorisia incana A.Robyns
Chorisia ventricosa Nees & Mart.
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Beatriz Moisset
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Ceiba ventricosa is an evergreen tree with a large, open, globose crown; it can grow 12 - 26 metres tall. The straight bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its low quality timber. A fast-growing plant that is very ornamental when in flower, it can be used in landscaping in parks and large gardens[
S. America - eastern and northeastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest, usually in the dense, primary forest, favouring well-drained, sloping ground[
]. Dry, semideciduous woodland[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to fairly dense, dappled shade[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
The seeds are wrapped in a cotton-like fibre[
]. Although we have seen no uses mentioned for this fibre, in related plants it is used as a stuffing material in pillows, toys etc, and sometimes also as a fibre for making clothes etc, usually in combination with other fibres[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, easy to cut, with poor mechanical properties and a low resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is only used for making low value items such as boxes, toys, door cores etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 80% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
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