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Bombax ceiba - Red Flowered Cotton Tree - 10 Seeds

Bombax ceiba - Red Flowered Cotton Tree - 10 Seeds

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Bombax ceiba - Red Flowered Cotton Tree - 10 Seeds

Bombax ceiba - Red Flowered Cotton Tree - 10 Seeds

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Bombax ceiba - Red Flowered Cotton Tree

This listing is for a pack of 10 seeds.

Bombax ceiba, like other trees of the genus Bombax, is commonly known as cotton tree. This tropical tree has a straight tall trunk and its leaves are deciduous in winter. Red flowers with 5 petals appear in the spring before the new foliage. It produces a capsule which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton. Its trunk bears spikes to deter attacks by animals. Although its stout trunk suggests that it is useful for timber, its wood is too soft to be very useful.

Bombax ceiba grows to an average of 20 metres, with old trees up to 60 metres in wet tropical weather. The trunk and limb bear numerous conical spines particularly when young, but get eroded when older. The leaves are palmate with about 6 leaflets radiating from a central point, an average of 7~10 cm wide, 13~15 cm in length. The leaf's long flexible petiole is up to 20 cm long.

Cup-shaped flowers solitary or clustered,  at or near the ends of the branches, when the tree is not in leaf, an average of 7~11 cm wide, 14 cm in width, with red or orange petals.

The fruit, which reaches an average of 13 cm in length, is light-green in color in immature fruits, brown in mature fruits, which split to reveal the cotton like fibre filling with black seeds embedded.

With its thickened trunk and succulent nature, it can be grown as an indoor bonsai, requiring only to be kept in a small pot to restrict its ultimate size.

Full instructions can be found by visiting my 'About Me' page and clicking on my store link there.

 
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Variety Succulent
Type Seeds
Condition New
Sub-Type Cacti/ Succulents

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