Bombax globosum Aubl.
Bombax sclerophyllum Ducke
Eriotheca macrophylla sclerophylla (Ducke) A.Robyns
Eriotheca globosa is an evergreen tree with a narrow, dense, elongate crown; it can grow 12 - 28 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter, with a thick, fibrous bark and prop roots[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Rainforests from the coast to the upland semideciduous forests, mainly in the more open and secondary growth areas and usually on dry soils[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
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Young plants have a fairly rapid rate of growth[
The bark is emetic[
The shoots are diuretic[
The fruit is the source of a butter used to stimulate transpiration[
A fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making ropes[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, easy to cut with a high shrinkage rate, poor mechanical properties and a low resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is only used for low value purposes such as the core material of doors and panelling[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 60% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 8 - 15 days[
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