Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kapok (Ceiba pentandra)

My first sighting of this dove in the Kapok tree

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The tree in seed they look like Cucumbers.

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With thanks from SAPhotographs (Joan) said... It is a Knob Thorn or Kapok Tree Tony. A very spectacular and beautiful tree. It eventually gets the big seed pods which burst open and the seed are very easily propagated.

I did a post on them a long time ago.

Kapok Tree ceiba pentandra

Kapok (Ceiba pentandra) is a tropical tree of the order Malvales and the family Malvaceae (previously separated in the family Bombacaceae), native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and (as the variety C. pentandra var. guineensis) to tropical west Africa. The word is also used for the fibre obtained from its seed pods. The tree is also known as the Java cotton, Java kapok, or ceiba. It is a sacred symbol in Maya mythology.

The seed pod

The seed pod dispersing the seeds Mid January 2010
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