9 responses to “Bombax ceiba”

  1. Dinesh Valke

    Great feeling; many thanks to UBC !!!

  2. Ron B

    The Campbell magnolia of tropical gardens.

  3. Diane

    Hooray for the Malvaceae!! I have run across Bombax ceiba in Genbank several times when looking for Malvaceae sequences but never knew what it looked like. Thanks!

  4. Eric Simpson

    As to the spines vs. prickles question, just based on dinesh_valke’s photos, I’d say they are prickles, as they seem to be randomly distributed – sometimes appearing singly, others in tight group – much like a rose’s prickles.

  5. ramniwas goyal

    I want complete details of simal tree,its crop in india,its avalability,history,usage etc. with photographs.

  6. Judith Satem

    Beautiful photo. I have just visited Macau and the adjacent city in China, Zhuhai, and was bewitched by the flowering trees I now know are Bombax Ceiba. I stopped our taxi to photograph them where the flowers were closer to the ground and took a good shot of looking into a single flower. The trees in avenues look quite wonderful, with the pale green leaves begining to unfurl. The Zhuhai city authorities are to be warmly commended for using this tree so plentifully in their street plantings.
    Our taxi driver, who was quite a learned gentleman, told us it was the wood cotton tree, that its fibre was too sparse for use as stuffing material, but that the flowers were sometimes used in teas…all of which information I have confirmed on the internet.

  7. laura

    I have this tree in my back yard and I want to know more about it! The flowers were such a mess and stank very bad when they fell! Now I have what looks like a fruit falling from it! I looked it up and it says something about cotten but I would like to know way more!

  8. Wagaung

    The Leppun as it’s known in Burma abounds in the area around Mandalay and Amarapura. I have happy childhood memories of many a trip we made headed by our grandmother, the matriarch of the extended family, a whole bunch of us kids and grownups to harvest the windfalls each summer in March-April. You never pick them from the trees. They are impressive tall trees with very little foliage when in full bloom with flaming red flowers, and still line the east bank of the Irrawaddy between Mandalay and Sagaing.
    The flowers are used to flavour soup; a bit tangy and one of our favourite sour soups. You can eat the flowers of course.They may also be dried in the sun for later use but the flower gets quite chewy.
    We used to play a game with the stamens. It’s a fight like grappling irons and the one that decapitates the other is the winner. Great fun.

  9. Anne Ketteringham

    Thank you so much for the valuable and very interesting information. I can confirm that in Goa at least, birds like the Drongo http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30221956&l=21003f3057&id=1494900440 & the Plum-headed Parakeet http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30216246&l=377736efd3&id=1494900440 contribute to the polination of these trees when they take due and nectar from these beautiful flowers. (Photos from my Facebook Albums “from Goa with Love 1 & 2”.)

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