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Ceiba speciosa (fka: Chorisia speciosa) - Kapok Tree, Floss Silk Tree


Ceiba speciosa (fka: Chorisia speciosa) - Kapok Tree, Floss Silk Tree (Ceiba speciosa (fka: Chorisia speciosa) - Kapok Tree, Floss Silk Tree)

A close up of the kapok...which is used to stuff pillows and other items in Brazil, where this tree is native. Photo taken July 13, 2010 in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.



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The flowers look like cotton wool ..

14 Jul, 2010

 

Mushybanna:

No, the flowers are huge hibiscus-like red, white or pink flowers which cover the tree profusely in late Summer or early Fall. The kapok come out of a big seed pods...the seeds are in the kapok. : > )

14 Jul, 2010

 

It s great to see Kapok growing - I use it as toy stuffing.

14 Jul, 2010

 

Drc726:

I didn't realize it was still used around the world for stuffing. Here in the U.S. almost everything is synthetic.

14 Jul, 2010

 

Oh yes its very much still used, I find for toys it works much better.

14 Jul, 2010

 

Drc726:

I would think so, also...because it's an organic material.

14 Jul, 2010



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