Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.

Tree up to 40 m tall; trunk very thick, up to 2 m diameter, cylindrical, with several basal buttresses; prickly in the young parts and branches; bark grey; leaves compound digital, with 5-9 leaflets; leaflets 10-20 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, lanceolate to oblanceolate, oblong to obovate-oblong; apex acuminate, base decurrent, margin entire or dentate towards the apex, penninervate; petioles up to 20 cm long; inflorescence in fascicles of few to many flowers; flowers actinomorphic, 3-4 cm long; corolla almost woody, 12-16 cm long, 3-4 cm diameter, elliptic to fusiform, with grey wool on inside.

Common names: ceiba, seiba.

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