Auguste F.C.P. de Saint-Hilaire, 1828
Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru
Silk Floss Tree, Pink Floss Silk Tree
Ceiba speciosa, Ravenna, 1998.
Bombax aculeatum Vell.
Chorisia speciosa var. minor, Chodat
Chorisia speciosa var. paraguariensis, Hassl.
This member of the Malvaceae (some might say: Bombacaceae) was described
by Auguste François César Prouvençal de Saint-Hilaire in 1828. It is found in
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil,
Paraguay and Peru, growing on the foothills in well drained soil with
lots of water in October to December and lots of sun. The trunk can get
more than one meter in diameter, and it can reach for op to 18 meters.
The flowers are from crème to red. It can only be reproduced
by seeds. I got some in Buenos Aries 2003.
The genus name honours the botanical
artist Ludwig Choris,1795-1828.
The species name means