Ceiba sp.

The conclusion for the tropical plant diversity series features a photograph taken in Ghana by stephenbuchan@Flickr (original image via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). Thanks for another fine contribution, Stephen.

I’m on vacation this week, so it’ll be brief written entries all week long. For today’s text, Stephen wrote the following to accompany the photograph on Flickr:

“Although the rightmost tree is in leaf and has horizontal branches, some botanists I spoke with concluded that all three trees are the same species. Woody tropical plants exhibit patterns of flowering, leaf-fall and flushing, and fruiting in a complex schedules, quite unlike temperate plants. This subject (phenology) was studied in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa by the Ghanaian botanist Ewusie, whose book I bought at the University of Ghana.”

Ceiba sp.

5 responses to “Ceiba sp.”

  1. Gabrielle

    The trees look like they have the buttresses seen on mangroves and others that stand in water, but the area in the photo looks dry. Does it flood ?

  2. lorax

    Buttresses are common on most species of Ceiba once they get that tall, regardless of flooding/dry areas. I have photos of C. pentandra and C. speciosa growing in desert conditions, and they still have those huge buttress roots.

  3. Elaine

    The Aztec Indians considered these trees the “Tree of Life” and believed their roots went to the center of the earth.

  4. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Yes, and I’ve seen many trees (various species, I think) growing in hilly tropical rain forests, with huge buttress roots. The roots are quite beautiful.

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    the photo reminds me of the early landscape drawings and paintings
    one may see in museums and on museums on line sites when searching
    we have trees in our mangroves here in florida with almost like trunks
    have a good one daniel

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