Bombax ceiba L.

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Bombax ceiba

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Bombax ceiba

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Bombax ceiba

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Bombax ceiba

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Bombax malabaricum DC.
Salmalia malabarica (DC.) Schott. & Endl.
Common names: Red silk-cotton tree (English)
Description: Spiny tree to 25 m. Leaves digitate with 3-7 leaflets. Flowers solitary but clustered towards the ends of the branches. Calyx very shallowly lobed. Petals 5 - 10 cm, dull to bright red, oblong, recurved. Stamens in two whorls, the outer whorl arranged in 5 bundles. Capsule to 15 cm, oblong.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical Asia; widely cultivated elsewhere
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Sunday 13 May 2007
Literature:

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976). Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York Page 170.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bombax ceiba
African Plant Database: Bombax ceiba
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Bombax ceiba
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bombax ceiba
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bombax ceiba
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bombax ceiba
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bombax ceiba
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bombax ceiba
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Bombax ceiba
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bombax ceiba
Ispot Southern Africa: Bombax ceiba
JSTOR Plant Science: Bombax ceiba
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bombax ceiba
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bombax ceiba
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bombax ceiba
Tropicos: Bombax ceiba


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Bombax ceiba.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=167490, retrieved 21 July 2019

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