Bombax ceiba (Nothern Cottonwood, Red silk-cotton) – Tube stock


Altitudinal range from sea level to about 300 m.
Usually grows in monsoon forest and drier rain forest.

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Deciduous; leafless for a period between July and November.
Pink fibrous and white granular stripes in the outer blaze.
Short stout conical prickles present on the trunks of some trees.

Leaves palmately compound.
Terminal buds and young shoots clothed in pale brown stellate and silky hairs.
Leaf bearing twigs stout, about 10 mm diameter and rather pithy.
Midrib usually raised on the upper surface of the leaflet blade. Leaflet blades about 12-18 x 3.5-5.5 cm.

Flowers usually produced when the tree is leafless. Flowers large.
Corolla about 6-8 cm long, densely stellate hairy outside, but almost glabrous inside.
Stamens fused to form a central column and also into groups +/- alternating with petals.

Capsules about 10 cm long, densely packed with large quantities of cream fibrous material which resembles cotton wool and surrounds the seed,
but is not really attached to the seed.

Cotyledons cordateapex acuminate.
Root thickened, carrot-like (Daucus carota). At the tenth leaf stage: leaves palmateleaflets about five, elliptic, apex acuminate, base attenuate; stipules triangular, papery.
Seed germination time 8 to 10 days.


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