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Useful Tropical Plants

Ceiba pubiflora

(A.St.-Hil.) K.Schum.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Ceiba fiebrigii Hochr.

Ceiba jaibana Ravenna

Chorisia pubiflora (A.St.-Hil.) G.Dawson

Eriodendron pubiflorum A.St.-Hil.

Common Name:

Ceiba pubiflora
Tree growing at Jardín Botánico La Concepción, Malaga, showing typical swelling on the trunk
Photograph by: Maarten Sepp
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General Information

Ceiba pubiflora is a deciduous tree with a sparse, roundish crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The spiny bole is swollen about its middle and can be 80 - 160cm in diameter[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of wood and fibre. It is very ornamental when in flower and can be used for landscaping, planting in parks, large gardens etc[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, central and eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Semi-deciduous woodlands, especially on calcareous soils[
698
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Ceiba
Publication
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid 60 (2) pp259 - 300
Author
Gibbs P.; Semir J.
Website
http://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/fichero_articulo?codigo=762476&orden=78027
Publisher
Anales del Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
A new treatment of the genus, which includes species previously in Chorisia. Available as a PDF file on the Internet.
]. Rainforests, in both primary and secondary formations, in areas subject to seasonal inundation as well as drier terrains[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height20.00 m
PollinatorsHumming birds
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a sunny position[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The floss contained in the seed capsule is waterproof and buoyant. It has been used for making buoys, lifejackets etc, and is used as a stuffing material in pillows, mattresses, furniture etc[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, medium hard, not very durable. It is used for plywood, furniture structures, linings, boxes, fillings, toys etc[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow the seeds in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are usually high, with the seed sprouting within 7 - 15 days[
420
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 2. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-15-1
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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