African Plant Database

Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Family : Bombacaceae
Information on the genus : Ceiba
Basionym : Bombax pentandrum L.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Bombax pentandrum L.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Eriodendron anfractuosum DC. (1824)
=Ceiba thonningii A. Chev. (1937)
=Bombax occidentalis Spreng.
=Bombax cumanense Kunth
=*Ceiba occidentalis (Spreng.) Burkill
=Bombax mompoxense Kunth
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 25-60 m, with straight trunk to 8 m in girth and with horizontal main branches; buttressed; bark smooth, often with conical bosses or spines.
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Ecology : Lowland evergreen forest, forest clearings; rain-forest with Chrysophyllum, Cola gigantea, Erythrophleum, Parinari excelsa, etc.; riverine and ground-water forest; also planted (for kapok); 1-1200 (-2250 where planted) m alt. Not mapped.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa Bombacaeae: 7-9
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:278 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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