Ceiba pubiflora is a species of deciduous trees in the family Malvaceae native to Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil. The plant can reach more than 25 m (82 ft) in height. The species’ status on the IUCN Red List: Least Concern.
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.
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 Spain while living in Malaga. They grow in the Parque de la Alameda, a wonderful park in the city center.
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