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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Ceiba (aboriginal name). Bombacaceae. Silk- Cotton. Kapok. Ceiba. Trees, one of which is widely known in the tropics for its great size as a shade tree, and for the "cotton" of its seed-pods. Eriodendron is a more recent name.

Leaves digitate, with 5-7 entire lfts.: fls. medium to large, rose or white, on 1-fld. peduncles, solitary or fascicled; calyx cup-shaped, truncate or irregularly 3-5-lobed; petals oblong, pubescent or woolly; staminal tube divided at the apex into 5 or 10 parts, each part bearing a stamen; ovary 5-celled: fr. a coriaceous caps., pubescent within and bearing obovoid seeds embedded in a wool-like or cotton-like fiber.—Allied to Bombax and Adansonia, from which it differs in having 5 parts in the staminal body or column, rather than a much more divided column bearing many stamens on each division. Ten or more species, mostly in Trop. Amer., extending to Asia and Afr.


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