Ceiba speciosa

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Ceiba speciosa (A.St.-Hil., A.Juss. & Cambess.) Ravenna

Bombacaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   10

Moisture: moderately moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: digitate

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: broadly conical

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Malvanae
Ordo:
Malvales

Ceiba speciosa is a succulent tree.

Naming

Ceiba speciosa was already described and the name validly published by Auguste François César Prouvençal de Saint-Hilaire. It was Pierfelice Ravenna, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1998.

Taxonomy

Ceiba speciosa is a species in the genus Ceiba which contains approximately 21 to 24 species and belongs to the family of the Bombacaceae (Kapok-tree Family). The type species of the genus is Ceiba pentandra.

Characteristics

Ceiba speciosa - habitus
Ceiba speciosa - bark

Growth

The trees have a broadly conical canopy and reach heights of 10 to 15 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Ceiba speciosa is deciduous. The digitate leaves are alternate. The lanceolate leaflets are petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Ceiba speciosa produces solitary white campanulate flowers from September to October.


Root System

Distribution

Ceiba speciosa is native to Brazil and Argentina.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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