This member of the Bombacaceae* family was given this name by
Ernest Baillon in
1876. It is found on the north-west to north of Madagascar, growing on the hill-sides
in dry deciduous forests in
a well-drained soil. Takes plenty of water and sun. The flowers which occurring
in March to April, are dark
red and quite big: ten centimetres. The stem can get five meters wide and 20
meters high. It can only be reproduced by seeds (but I try a cutting
The genera is named after the French naturalist Michel Adanson,1727-1806.
The species name mean 'from
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of the Malvaceae.