Bombax album (Lodd.) Bakh.
Bombax campestre K. Schum.
Bombax cyathophorum K. Schum.
Bombax endecaphyllum Vell.
Bombax grandiflorum Cav.
Carolinea alba Lodd.
Pachira commersonii Planch. ex Decne.
Pachira cyathophora Casar.
Common Name: Brazilian Shaving-Brush Tree
Brazilian shaving-brush tree is a fast-growing, deciduous tree with a large, open crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The bole is often crooked and much-branched, it can be 50 - 80cm in diameter[
The seed floss is sometimes gathered from the wild and used as a stuffing material. A very ornamental tree, especially when in flower, it is often planted in gardens etc[
S. America - southeastern Brazil.
Dense, primary forests, mainly along valley bottoms, by rivers and in lowlands; also found in secondary formations and areas where the forest has been removed[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in a sunny position and in dappled shade[
A fast-growing tree[
A yellow floss obtained from the seed pods is used as a stuffing material for pillows etc[
The wood is thick-textured, very light, soft to cut, of low natural durability. It is only used for low-value items such as packing boxes and plywood filling[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A germination rate in excess of 60% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 10 - 15 days[
]. When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 6 months later[
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