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Bombax ceiba

Tree Cotton – Red Kapok Tree

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Bombax ceiba (Wikipedia)
This article is about a tree with orange/red flowers sometimes known as kapok. For the white-flowered kapok, see Ceiba pentandra.
Cotton tree
Cotton tree at Tsing Yi Island.jpg
A cotton tree seen here at Hong Kong with flowers which bloom from February to April
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Bombax
Species: B. ceiba
Binomial name
Bombax ceiba

Bombax ceiba, like other trees of the genus Bombax, is commonly known as cotton tree. More specifically, it is sometimes known as red silk-cotton; red cotton tree; or ambiguously as silk-cotton or kapok, both of which may also refer to Ceiba pentandra.

This Asian tropical tree has a straight tall tree and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton. Its trunk bears spikes to deter attacks by animals. Although its stout trunk suggests that it is useful for timber, its wood is too soft to be very useful.

The dry cores of the Bombax ceiba flower (Thai: งิ้ว) are an essential ingredient of the nam ngiao spicy noodle soup of the cuisine of Shan State and Northern Thailand, as well as the kaeng khae curry.

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