This rare member of the
Bombacaceae* family was
given this name by René Paul Raymond Capuron in 1960. It is found in
northern Madagascar, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The trunk can grow to
three metres in diameter and the whole plant can reach 25 or even 30
metres in height. The pale yellow to pale orange flowers can be
seen in November to December while the leaves remains to the end of
the wet season; December.
Named after the French botanist Joseph
Marie Henry Alfred Perrier de la Bâthie (1873–1958).
*This family might been incorporated
in the Malvaceae
family now. Sub-family: Bombacoideae,