Ceiba pubiflora is a species of deciduous trees in the family Malvaceae native to Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brasil. It can reach more than 25 m (82 ft) in height.
Ceiba pubiflora is very ornamental when in flower. The petals are either uniformly pale pink with a few darker spots or dark purple with crimson stripes. In the morning, they are frequented by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The wood is medium hard and used to make canoes, toys, sculptures, and crates. The floss contained in the seed capsule is used to fill pillows, cushions, and mattresses.
Interesting fact: The Ceiba tree was considered a sacred plant among the Maya people. According to the Mayan belief, the branches of this towering tree allow opening the 13 heavens. Therefore they used to plant Ceiba trees in their city parks. This is evident in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, where several specimens of this species were found.
I have seen Ceiba pubiflora trees in Europe, Spain, while living in Málaga. They grows in the Parque de la Alameda, a wonderful park found right in the center of the city.
Visiting the Parque de la Alameda
Established in the late 19th century, the Parque de la Alameda is a beautiful place to walk in. There are many unique trees from the tropics in the park and some of them give off wonderful perfume. Here are some pictures of Ceiba pubiflora from my walks in the park.
The species’ status on the IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Medicinal use: Unknow
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