Chandigarh Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Chandigarh (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species:
Ceiba speciosa (A. St.-Hil.) Ravenna

Family: Bombacaceae Genus: Ceiba Species:
Ceiba speciosa (A. St.-Hil.) Ravenna






Synonym Chorisia speciosa  A.St.-Hil., Chorisia speciosa var. minor Chodat Flower Color Red - Pink
Common Name Kapok, Resham rui Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Silk floss tree, Floss silk tree Flowering Period Oct-Dec
Vernacular /Local Name Kapok, Resham rui Fruiting Period Jan-March
Altitude Upto 1200 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Tree Fruit Details Capsules, woody, oblong, green, and dehiscent, to about 8 inches long. Seeds embedded in white fiber
Habitat It is resistant to drought and moderate cold. It grows fast in spurts when water is abundant. Bark Type Prickly
Distribution Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina Bark Details The trunk and branches are covered with stout spines, but those on the trunk may disappear with age.
Distribution in chandigarh Chandigarh Botanical Garden and Nature Park Origin Exotic
    Leaf Type Compound
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Palmate
Description of Species It is a conical deciduous tree with somewhat irregular branching reaching over 40 feet. The trunk and branches are covered with stout spines, but those on the trunk may disappear with age. The trunks of mature trees is often swollen and bottle-shaped. The seeds are imbedded in a white cottony fiber, which when broken apart, are dispersed by the wind. The fiber was once used to stuff pillow and mattresses. Each palmate, compound, light green leaf has 5-7 serrate, lanceolate leaflets (each to 5" long). Leaves typically drop in fall before this tree blooms. Open, five-petaled, funnel-shaped flowers (3-5" diameter) which somewhat resemble hibiscus bloom late fall to early winter. Flowers are quite showy, featuring pink to rose-purple petals with creamy white to yellowish-white throats. Flowers are followed by pear-shaped capsules (fruit pods) filled with seed embedded in silky white Leaf Details Palmate, alternate, to 5 inches long, on long petiole, with 5-7 narrowly finely serrated elliptic leaflets

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details