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Taxon: Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.

Genus: Ceiba
Family: Malvaceae subfamily: Bombacoideae. Also placed in: Bombacaceae
Nomen number: 9703
Place of publication: Fruct. sem. pl. 2:244. 1791
Name verified on: 06-Oct-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 06-Oct-2003
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.


Common names:

  • kapok   (Source: CRC MedHerbs ed2 ) – English
  • kapoktree   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • silk cottontree   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • white silk cottontree   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • capoc   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • fromager   (Source: Use Pl WT Afr ) – French
  • kapokier   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Kapokbaum   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • weißer Kapokbaum   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • samauma   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • samauma-da-várzea   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • árbol capoc   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • ceiba   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • pochote   (Source: F NGalicia ) – Spanish
  • kapok   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish
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Economic importance:

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Distributional range:

      Native:
  • AFRICA
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan
    East Tropical Africa: Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Cameroon; Gabon; Rwanda; Zaire
    West Tropical Africa: Benin; Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tamaulipas
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Caribbean: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles - Curacao; Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Virgin Islands (British) - Virgin Gorda
    Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    Brazil: Brazil - Acre, Maranhao, Para, Roraima
    Western South America: Bolivia - Santa Cruz; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru - Huanuco, Loreto, Pasco

      Naturalized:
  • PACIFIC
    Northwestern Pacific: Guam; Marshall Islands
    South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands; French Polynesia
    Southwestern Pacific: Nauru; Tonga

      Cultivated:
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    Indo-China: Cambodia; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines
  • widely cultivated elsewhere

      Other:
  • exact native range obscure

References:

  • Adams, C. 1972. Flowering plants of Jamaica.
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Angely, J. A. 1970–. Flora analítica e fitográfica do Estado de São Paulo.
  • Aubréville, A. et al., eds. 1963–. Flore du Cameroun.
  • Boggan, J. et al. 1992. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas.
  • Boutelje, J. B. 1980. Encyclopedia of world timbers, names and technical literature.
  • Brink, M. & R. P. Escobin, eds. 2003. Fibre plants. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 17:99–103.
  • Burkill, H. M. 1985–2004. The useful plants of west tropical Africa.
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll. 1982. Flora of the Bahama archipelago.
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980–. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon.
  • Dodson, C. H. & A. H. Gentry. 1978. Flora of the Rio Palenque science center.
  • Duke, J. A. et al. 2002. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs.
  • Duke, J. A. 1989. Handbook of Nuts. CRC Press.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960–. Flora zambesiaca.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Gibbs, P. & J. Semir. 2003. A taxonomic revision of the genus Ceiba Mill. (Bombacaceae). Anales Jard. Bot. Madrid 60:259–300.
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. [re. Brazilian common names].
  • Howard, R. 1974–1989. Flora of the lesser Antilles.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry. Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER): plant threats to Pacific ecosystems (on-line resource).
  • Keay, R. W. J. & F. N. Hepper. 1953–1972. Flora of west tropical Africa, ed. 2.
  • Keay, R. W. J. 1989. Trees of Nigeria.
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier). 1946–1962. Flora de Cuba.; suppl. 1969
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell. 1982. Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis.
  • Liogier, H. A. 1984–. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands.
  • Macbride, J. F. et al., eds. 1936–1971. Flora of Peru.; new ser. 1980-
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2.
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.
  • McVaugh, R. 1983–. Flora Novo-Galiciana.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Sharma, B. D. et al., eds. 1993–. Flora of India.
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark. 1946–1976. Flora of Guatemala.
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. 1995–. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa.
  • Verheij, E. W. M. & R. E. Coronel, eds. 1991. Edible fruits and nuts. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 2:374.
  • Woodson, R. E. & R. W. Schery, eds. 1943–1980. Flora of Panama.
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Check other web resources for Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.:

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Images:

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  • Check PlantSystematics.org for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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