Bombax crenulatum K.Schum.
Bombax gracilipes K.Schum.
Eriotheca hassleri A.Robyns
Tree growing in Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, Cavalcante, Goiás, Brasil
Photograph by: João Medeiros
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Eriotheca gracilipes is a much-branched, semideciduous tree with a pyramidal or ellipsoidal crown. More shrub-like in the savannahs, where it grows 4 - 6 metres tall; in semideciduous woodland it can be up to 17 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of fibre and wood.
S. America - central and eastern Brazil.
Savannahs and transition areas of semideciduous, broadleaved forests[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in poor soils[
Plants are fairly slow-growing[
A fibre is obtained from the tree[
]. It is probably obtained from the bark[
Heartwood and sapwood are not differentiated. The wood is light in weight, of very low natural durability outdoors[
]. It is only suitable for items such as toys, boxes and for pulping[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 2 - 3 weeks[
]. Transplant nursery bed seedlings to individual containers when about 2 - 4cm tall[
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