Friday, March 8, 2013
Amazing Silk Floss Tree
The Silk Floss tree is located in the tropical and subtropical forests of South America. Its trunk and branches are studded with sharp conical prickles that help to conserve water during dry periods. This beautiful trees has lots of blooms and many colors.
The cotton inside the fruit pods, although not of as good quality as that of the kapok tree, has been used as stuffing, as it is soft and flexible, and is employed in packaging, to make canoes, as wood pulp to make paper, and in ropes. From the seeds it is possible to obtain vegetable oil (both edible and industrially useful).
The floss silk tree is cultivated mostly for ornamental purposes. Outside of private gardens around the world, it is often planted along urban streets in subtropical areas such as in South Africa, Australia, northern New Zealand and southern USA. Ceiba speciosa is added to some versions of the hallucinogenic drink Ayahuasca.
Another interesting fact...you can buy Silk Floss tree seeds on Amazon! Who's gonna grow one?