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Family: MALVACEAE 

 Bombax ceiba
 

All photos by Soumen Aditya, India.

  
Author:  Carl Linnaeus 1753
Family:  Malvaceae
Habitat:  Malay, Indonesia, South China, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
Soil:  Anything
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  50-100 centimetres
Height:  20-30 meters
Flower:  Red
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Cotton Tree. Silk Cotton Tree, Semul
Synonyms:  Bombax malabaricum, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle 1824. Salmalia malabarica, Schott & Endl. 1832. Gossampinus malabarica, Merr.1927

    This member of the Malvaceae family was given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Some of them later names is being used frequently, like DC's Bombax malabaricum and Schott & Endl'.s Salmalia malabarica. It is now found from Afghanistan to China, grown for it's cotton. It might originate from India. It will grow in a vide range of soil with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. Fast growing, it can reach 30 meters with a one meter truck within 50 years. The bright red flowers appears numerous in winter.