Tree to 150' or more, branches widely spreading, spiny trunk (prickles) often to 9 feet in diameter, with thin buttresses sometimes extending 30 feet; leaflets 5-7, oblong-lanceolate, to 6 inches long, entire; flowers usually opening before the leaves appear, calyx 4-5 lobed, to 1/2" long, petals yellowish, rose or white, oblong-obovate, to 1 3/8" long, tomentose outside; capsule ellisoid to fusiform, 4-10 inches long.
Cultivated for kapok, produced mainly in Ceylon, Java and the Phillipine Islands.
Useful part : Resin, Leaves, Bark, Thorns.
Grown from seed collected in Puerto RIco by F.H. Wolfe.
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