Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia,
China, East Himalaya, India, Java, Laos, Lesser Sunda Island,
Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Northern
Territory; Australia, Pakistan, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi
+ Sumatera; Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Tree. Silk Cotton Tree, Semul
Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, 1824.
malabarica, Schott & Endl. 1832.
Bombacopsis quinata, Dugand.
Bombax aculeatum, L.
Bombax ceiba, Burm.f.
Bombax heptaphyllum, Cav.
Bombax thorelii, Gagnep.
Bombax tussacii, Urb.
Gossampinus rubra, Buch.-Ham.
Gossampinus thorelii, Bakh.
Pachira quinata, W.S.Alverson.
Pochota quinata, W.D.Stevens.
This member of the Malvaceae
family was given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Some of the
later names is being used frequently, like DC's Bombax
malabaricum and Schott & Endl'.s Salmalia
malabarica. It is now found from Afghanistan to China,
grown for it's cotton-like fruit-fill. It might originate from India. It will grow
in a vide range of soil with some to lots of water and some to lots
of sun. Fast growing, it can reach 30 meters with a one meter truck
within 50 years, and I must confess; I can't really call it a
caudiciform. The bright red flowers appears numerous in winter.
The genera name from Latin:
bombyx; 'silk', referring to the fruits' inner. The specific
epithet ceiba is clearly of American origin thus indicating
the fact that Linnaeus was describing a New World taxon. Might just
indicate it look like that genera?
And yes, it is a skinny. Even as
seedling, it seems.