|Scientific name:||Bombax ceiba L.|
|Synonym name:||Bombax malabaricum DC. Gossampinus malabarica (DC.) Merr. Salmalia malabarica (DC.) Schott & Endl.|
|Common name:||Red Silk Cotton Tree, Kapok Tree|
|Hebrew name:||בומבק הודי ,בומבק צייבה|
|Family:||Malvaceae, Subfamily: Bombacoideae, בומבקסים|
|Life form:||Deciduous large tree up to 20-25 m tall and spreads 8-15 m wide.|
|Stems:||Woody, solid, erect, columnar trunk, grey, glabrous bark with hard conical black prickles, delicate branches cylindrical, glabrous, smooth with distinct nodes and internodes.|
|Leaves:||palmate with about 6 leaflets radiating from a central point, an average of 7~10 centimeters wide, 13~15 centimeters in length. The leaf's long flexible petiole is up to 20 cm long.|
|Inflorescence:||Solitary or cluster of several extra-axillary flowers. At the time of flowering, the tree becomes almost leafless.|
|Flowers:||Cup-shaped flowers solitary or clustered, axillary or sub-terminal, fascicles at or near the ends of the branches, when the tree is bare of leaves, an average of 7~11 centimeters wide, 14 centimeters in width, petels up to 12 centimeters in length, calyx is cup-shaped usually 3 lobed, an average of 3~5 centimeters in diameter. Staminal tube is short, more than 60 in 5 bundles. stigma is light red, up to nine centimeters in length, ovary is pink, 1.5~2 centimeters in length, with the skin of the ovary covered in white silky hair at 1mm long.|
|Fruits / pods:||Brown oval capsule, which, when ripe, contains white fibres like cotton|
|Flowering Period:||February, March|
|Habitat:||Prefers dry or moist soil|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Bombax from the Greek bombyx, referring to things of silk or cotton, and alludes to the abundant, silk-like or cottony fibers in the fruits.
ceiba, a Spanish derivative of a Taino or other Arawakan (South American indigenous languages) name used for a group of large, tropical trees related to Bombax, many of which produce kapok or silk-cotton in their fruits.
malabaricum, from the Malabar coast of India.
Gossampinus, a variant of gossympinus, a Latin name used by Plinius for the cotton tree.
Salmalia, origin: Salmali, a Sanskrit name for Salmalia Malabarica.