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Pakistan | Family List | Bombacaceae | Ceiba

Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn., Fruct.Sem. 2:244.t.133. 1791. A. Robyns l.c.; Hutch.& Dalz.,Fl.W,Trop.Africa 1:259.1927.

  • Bombax orientate Spreng.
  • Bombax pentandrum Linn.
  • Bombox guineese Thonn.
  • Ceiba casearia Medic.
  • Eriodendron caribaeum (DC.) G.Don ex Lond.
  • Eriodendron guineese (Thonn.) G.Don ex Lond.
  • Eriodendron occidentale (Spreng.) G. Don
  • Eriodendron orientate (Spreng.) Kostel
  • Eriodendron pentandrum (Linn.) Kurz
  • Gossampinks alba Buch.-Ham.
  • Gossampinus lumphii Schott & Endl.
  • Xylon pentandrum (Linn.) O.Ktze.

    Tree up to 100 ft. high trunk with large buttresses, branches with or without prickles, generally prickly in young stage, prickles acute. Leaves 5-9 foliolate, glabrous, petiole 5-23 cm long, leaflet oblong lanceolate, acuminate-7-20 cm x 2.3-4.2 cm, petiolule 0.5-1.2 cm long. Flowers usually appear before the flush of leaves. Inflorescence fasciculate few to many flowered. Flowers yellow or white, pedicel 2.5-3 cm long. Calyx campanulate 4-5 lobed, lobes 1-1.2 cm long, glabrous outside, silky villous inside. Petals obovate-oblong, 2.5-4 cm x 1-1.5 cm, tomentose outside, except the base, pubescent near the apex inside. Staminal column 5-5.5 mm long, glabrous, filament 2.5 cm long, each branch bearing 2-3 anfractuose anthers. Ovary globose, stigma capitate. Capsule wooly ellipsoid or fusiform, acute at both ends 10-26 cm long and 3-4 cm in diam. Seeds numerous subglobose 5.5-7 mm long and 4.4-5.5 mm wide.

    Type: Described from India.

    Distribution: Throughout the tropics of the world.

    Rarely cultivated in Pakistan for its beautiful flowers.


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