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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World.
Bombax. Punkabaree. March 17. 1849.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trees
Morphology Leaves
Leaves digitate, the central leaflet larger than the outer ones; leaflets 5-9, entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers axillary, in cymose inflorescences or solitary; pedicels with 3 bracteoles, these soon deciduous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx closed in bud, truncate or lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, tomentellous outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens many, adnate to the petals at their base, either in 2 whorls with the outer whorl of 5 epipetalous bundles and the inner whorl of 5 alternipetalous pairs, or in 5 epipetalous bundles; stamens united at their base into a short tube; anthers oblong or reniform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 5-locular, with numerous ovules; stigma 4-5-lobed or entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a ± woody capsule, loculicidally 5-valved, with a persistent axis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds many, pyriform or angular, covered in the woolly indumentum of the endocarp; endosperm none; cotyledons plicate.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trees.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves digitately (3) 5–7-foliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers moderately large, solitary or cymose in the leaf axils.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx truncate or subtruncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ?, united in a tube below; anthers straight or somewhat curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 5-locular, loculi multiovulate; stigma 5-lobed or style-apex ± entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a 5-valved woody capsule with many seeds embedded in a more or less abundant wool.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Burkina, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Brazil North, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Laccadive Is., Leeward Is., Nicaragua, Nicobar Is., Trinidad-Tobago

Bombax L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 511 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 1: 213.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 227 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 511 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 227(1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 511 (1753)

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