5024.000 Bombax L.

Description of the genus

Trees, sometimes spiny. Leaves digitate with 5-7 leaflets. Flowers large (c. 5 cm or more long) solitary or in short cymes or clusters. Calyx truncate or shortly lobed. Petals 5. Stamens numerous. Ovary 5-locular with many ovules per loculus. Fruit dehiscent, a 5-lobed woody capsule, full of silky hairs containing the seeds.

Derivation of name: from the Greek bombyx, meaning silk, referring to the silky hairs surrounding the seeds.

Worldwide: 20 species in the Old World tropics

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Bombax ceiba

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ceiba L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Bombax:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Bombax
Flora of Mozambique: Bombax

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bombax
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bombax
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bombax
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bombax
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Bombax
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bombax
JSTOR Plant Science: Bombax
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bombax
Plants of the World Online: Bombax
Tropicos: Bombax
Wikipedia: Bombax

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Bombax.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1704, retrieved 14 April 2024

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