A tree by N. Paniagua, Tropicos.org.
The swollen stem by N. Paniagua,
The prickles on the stem by David Stang,
The leaves by David Stang, Tropicos.org.
The flower by Peakhora, Wikimedia.org.
Pedro Felix Ravenna, 1998
NW Argentina, Bolivia,
Brazil, Paraguay, Peru (Ethiopia, India)
Rich - Mix
Medium - Maximum
Creamy-Whitish / Deep Pink
Floss Silk Tree
Chorisia speciosa, A.
Bombax aculeatum, Vell.
Chorisia speciosa var. minor, Chodat.
Chorisia speciosa var. paraguariensis, Hassl.
This member of the Malvaceae family
was given this name by Pedro Felix Ravenna in 1998. It is found in the northern
half of South America, growing in a well drained bur rich soil with
quite some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 200
centimetres in diameter, the entire tree from fifteen to 30 centimetres
in height. The flowers are creamy-whitish in the centre and pink towards
the tips of their five petals, but some have white flowers with a pale
The genera name is from the local
languish; Taíno: ceyba for kapok. The species name for the
magnificent flowers: 'showy and handsome'.
Flowering tree by Mauro Halpern,
A single "silk"-fruit by Philmarin,
Another stem from Wikimedia.org.