Joseph Nelson Rose, 1905
||Silk Cotton Tree,
||Eriodendron acuminata, S.Watson,
Eriodendron tomentosum, B.L. Rob. 1894.
Ceiba tomentosa, Britten & Baker
This member of the
Malvaceae family was given this name by Joseph Nelson Rose in 1905. It is found in the Sonoran Desert, Mexico
and Honduras growing in a well drained soil with lots of
sun. The trunk can grow to one meter in diameter, and reach for twelve
meters in height. The large flowers are from white to yellow, and the plant is
said to be produced by seeds only, although I have succeeded with
name is from the local languish; Taíno: ceyba for kapok. The
species name means 'pointed leaves'.
It does grow
into a rather slim tree.