Flower of the floss silk tree
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|The natural habitat of the floss silk tree is the north-east of Argentina, Paraguay, and southern Brazil. It is resistant to drought and moderate cold. It grows fast in spurts when water is abundant, and sometimes reaches more than 25 m in height. Its trunk is bottle-shaped, generally bulging in its lower third, measuring up to 2 m in girth. It is studded with thick conical prickles and serves to store water for dry times. In younger trees the trunk is green due to its high chlorophyll content, which makes it capable of performing photosynthesis when leaves are absent; with age it turns to gray.|
The floss silk tree (Ceiba speciosais) mostly cultivated for ornamental purposes. Outside of private gardens around the world, it is often planted along streets in many cities.
The "cotton" inside the fruit pods, although not of as good quality as kapok, has been used as stuffing for pillows and thermic insulation at times.
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Hola Mike. No sabía como se llamaba esta flor que tengo publicada en el TL. Bellos colores y una presentación estupenda. Bienvenido a TN.
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