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Common name

English: Kapok Tree

German: Kapokbaum

Mandarin: 吉贝 (ji bei)

Portuguese: Arvore-da-lã, Sumaúma

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2612)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2512)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2124)

      Order: Malvales (78)

        Family: Bombacaceae (4)(family description)

          Genus: Ceiba (1)

            Epithet: pentandra L. (1)

Synonyms: Bombax pentandrum L., Bombax pentandrum L., Ceiba caribaea (Dc.) A. Chev., Eriodendron anfractuosum DC.

anfractuosum => twisted, bent, winding

caribaea => from the Caribbean

pentandra => five-stamen - from Greek ‘penta’ (five) and ‘andron’ (male)

pentandrum => five-stamen - from Greek ‘penta’ (five) and ‘andron’ (male)

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Ceiba pentandra at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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