Cut in half, when
it started to grow in the spring. And five
new buds emerged.
The bark from an old plant.
Photo by Ferdinand Poilodan.
This member of the Bombacaceae* family was given this name by Armando Degand in 1943. It
is found in the eastern part of Mexico and Guatemala, growing among
rocks in a well-drained soil. Quite some water when in growth, none in
winter. The caudex will grow to more than 50 centimetres, the stems
will reach ten meters or even more. The flowers are white to pink. It can only be reproduced by seeds.
The genera name from Greek pseudo;
'false' and Bombax, another genera in the family. The species name means
'elliptical', about twice as long as wide, for the leaves.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of the Malvaceae.