|Etymology||Genus||Latinised common name of the tree in South America|
|Synonyms||Bombax inerme L., Ceiba guineensis (Schumach.) A.Chev.|
|Common Names||Kapok Tree, White Silk-cotton Tree|
|Native Distribution||Tropical America|
Ceiba pentandra is a huge majestic tree with distinctive large buttress roots and tiered branching. The tree's stem is usually covered with conical prickles. The leaves are palmately compound.
Form of the Kapok Tree. Taken in Kuching, Sarawak.
Large buttress roots. See photographer in the background as comparison.
Prickles on young stem.
Palmately compound leaves.
Leaf venation underside.
Mass blooming of yellowish flowers.
Cotton and seeds released from the fruits.