Bombax ellipticum Kunth
Bombax mexicanum Hemsl.
Flowering tree at Mt. Coot-tha Brisbane Botanic gardens, Australia
Photograph by: Tatters ?
Bombax ellipticum is a large deciduous tree[
The tree is a very handsome one when in flower[
]. The flowers often are used as decorations in houses and churches.
Central America - southern Mexico, Guatemala, British Honduras, El Salvador.
Wet to dry, usually open forest, often scattered through fields and over plains, frequently on open rocky hillsides, ascending from sea level to about 1,800 metres, but growing chiefly at low elevations[
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Seeds of the white-flowered form are eaten as a snack food[
A decoction of the bark is a domestic remedy for coughs and catarrh[
A decoction of the bark and root is used for treating toothaches and hardening of the gums[
The cotton-like fibre within the pods is utilized like kapok, for stuffing cushions and pillows[
It is probably the calyx of this member of the Bombacaceae that is utilized by the Indians of Solola to make unique tobacco pipes, with diminutive bowls and long slender reed stems, that are seen commonly in the markets of Chichicastenango and other highland towns[
The wood is very brittle when freshly cut, but when seasoned it is satisfactory for fuel and even for making such articles as bateas (the Central American equivalent of washboards)[
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