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Photo by Mireille Riesenbeck.

Author: Carl Sigismund Kunth, 1821
Origin:  Ecuador, Peru (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay)
Soil:  Rich - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  180 Centimetres
Height:  15 Metres
Flower:  White - Cream Coloured
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  White Floss Silk Tree
Synonyms:  Might be: Ceiba insignis, P.E.Gibbs & Semir, 1988.
Chorisia chodatii Hassl. 1907.
Ceiba integrifolia, Ravenna.
Ceiba mythica, Ravenna.
Chorisia integrifolia, Ulbr.

This member of the Malvaceae family was given this name by Carl Sigismund Kunth in 1821. It is found in Ecuador and Peru, growing in a rich soil with some to lots of water and some to lots sun. The stem can grow to 180 centimetres in diameter and the tree can grow to 15 meters in height. The flowers are white to cream coloured. The stem and heavy branches have slightly less spines than the close related Chorisia speciosa.

The genus name honours the botanical artist Ludwig  Choris,1795-1828. The species name from Latin, meaning 'distinguished' or 'remarkable' for the appearance.