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by Alan Butterfield.

Photo by Gregg DeChirico.

by Alan Butterfield.

Only half a year old, and already forming a nice thickened stem. Around 50 centimetres high.

Author: Karl Moritz Schumann, 1886
Origin:  North-Eastern Brazil
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  1,5 Meter
Height:  27 Meters
Flower:  White - Pink
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Barriguda
Synonyms:  Pourretia arborea, Willdenow.
Ceiba rubriflora, Carv.-Sobr. & L.P.Queiroz.
Cavanillesia tuberculata, Kostel.

This member of the Malvaceae (former Bombacaceae) family was described by Karl Moritz Shumann in 1886. It is found in the north-eastern Brazil, growing in the dry forests in well drained soil with little water and some sun. The stem can grow to 1,5 meters in diameter and 27 meters height. The flowers are white to pink.

The genera name honours Antonio J. Cacanilles, 1745-1804, a Spanish clergyman and botanist, director of the botanical garden in Madrid, Spain. The species name means 'like a tree'.

Soaked; the seeds will swallow from 4 grams to 90 grams in 15 minutes.
(The five wings have been cut off of for mailing.)

Within this mass of jell lies a 4 centimetre rather soft seed.