1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Ceiba Mill.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Mexico to Tropical America, W. Central Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Bombacaceae, H. Beentje (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Trees, often spiny
    Leaves
    Leaves digitately compound, with caducous stipules
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary or subterminal, solitary or fasciculate
    Calyx
    Calyx cupular, truncate or 3-5-lobed
    Corolla
    Petals 5, imbricate, connate at the base to the staminal tube
    Stamens
    Stamens (10-)15, in 5 bundles, united near the base into a filament-tube; each phalange of 3 connate filaments bearing 2-3 straight or coiled anther-thecae, each bundle alternipetalous
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-locular, each locule with many ovules; stigma club-shaped, pentagonal
    Fruits
    Capsule a woody or coriaceous 5-valved capsule
    Seeds
    Seeds many, surrounded by the wool of the endocarp; endosperm thin or absent; cotyledons much contorted.
    [FZ]

    Bombacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Tall trees, often spiny.
    Leaves
    Leaves digitately 3–9 (or very rarely more)-foliolate.
    Flowers
    Flowers moderately large, axillary or subterminal, solitary in the axils or often fasciculate.
    Calyx
    Calyx 5-lobed.
    Corolla
    Petals 5.
    Stamens
    Stamens (10) 15, united in 5 phalanges, each bearing 2–3 coiled anther-thecae and united below in a tube.
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-locular, loculi multiovulate; stigma club-shaped, pentagonal.
    Fruits
    Capsule a woody or coriaceous 5-valved capsule.
    Seeds
    Seeds many, embedded in a copious wool.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Southwest Caribbean, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Chagos Archipelago, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Cook Is., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Marquesas, Mozambique, Nauru, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Society Is., Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre

    Ceiba Mill. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Watkiss, E. [195], Bolivia 62840.000
    Williams, G.R. [398] Chorisia 16593.000

    First published in Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4: s.p. (1754)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Gard. Dict. Abridg. ed. 4 (1754).
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Gard. Diet. Abridg. ed. 4, 1 (1754).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Gard. Dict, Abridg. ed. 4, 1 (1754)

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0