Bombax pubescens Mart. & Zucc.
Eriotheca pubescens is a deciduous tree with an irregularly-shaped canopy, growing 6 - 10 metres tall. The bole branches from quite low down[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of fibre and stuffing material.
S. America - Brazil.
Savannah woodland, usually in secondary formations[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in poor and dry soils[
]. Grows best in dry, sandy soils[
Newly planted young trees normally grow quite slowly[
A strong fibre, resembling jute in colour, is obtained from the bark[
]. It is very useful for making ropes and cordage[
The floss around the seeds is used as a stuffing material for mattresses etc[
Heartwood and sapwood are not differentiated. The wood is light in weight, soft, spongy and of low durability[
]. 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 - 4 weeks[
]. Transplant nursery bed seedlings to individual containers when about 4 - 6cm tall[
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