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Useful Tropical Plants

Ceiba ventricosa

(Nees & Mart.) Ravenna

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Bombax ventricosa Arruda

Ceiba incana (A.Robyns) Ravenna

Chorisia incana A.Robyns

Chorisia ventricosa Nees & Mart.

Common Name:

Ceiba ventricosa
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Beatriz Moisset
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General Information

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[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

698
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Ceiba
Publication
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 60 (2) pp259 - 300
Author
Gibbs P.; Semir J.
Website
http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/fichero_articulo?codigo=762476&orden=78027
Publisher
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
A new treatment of the genus, which includes species previously in Chorisia. Available as a PDF file on the Internet.

Range

S. America - eastern and northeastern Brazil.

Habitat

Atlantic rainforest, usually in the dense, primary forest, favouring well-drained, sloping ground[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Dry, semideciduous woodland[
698
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Ceiba
Publication
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 60 (2) pp259 - 300
Author
Gibbs P.; Semir J.
Website
http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/fichero_articulo?codigo=762476&orden=78027
Publisher
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
A new treatment of the genus, which includes species previously in Chorisia. Available as a PDF file on the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 m
Growth RateFast
PollinatorsMoths
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun to fairly dense, dappled shade[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The seeds are wrapped in a cotton-like fibre[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
]. 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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

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[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

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[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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