Ceiba pentandra

Ceiba pentandra


Bombacaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Not assessed


Synonyms

-


Author (Species)

(Linné) Gaertn.


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 1: 335; Voorhoeve, 1979: 65


Vouchers

van Harten 237 (WAG) van Meer 284 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Gwe (Gio) Dju (Krahn) ceiba (fromager) (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) geih (Mano) Choo (Sapo)


Notes

Large or emergent tree with massive buttresses and, especially when young, sharp thorns on the bark; often near villages or, when in the high forest, possibly a remnant of former habitation. Slash pinkish red, darker on the buttresses, thick and fibrous, with distinct ligher streaks of dilatation tissue and ripple marks in the cambium zone. Leaves digitate, alternate, with long petioles, the 5 – 9 leaflets with a distinct petiolule; leaflets narrowly obovate, narrowly elliptic, 5 – 18 cm long. Flowers yellowish, opening at night. Fruits cylindrical/spindle-shaped, 10 – 30 cm, opening with 5 valves (or not). Seeds embedded in a greyish kapok, the source of the trade article “kapok’, used to fill mattresses etc. See also PROTA database.

Rhodognaphalon brevicuspe

Rhodognaphalon brevicuspe


Bombacaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Vulnerable


Synonyms

Bombax brevicuspe


Author (Species)

(Sprague) Roberty


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

BJBB 33: 255


Vouchers

Cooper 421 (K); Voorhoeve 652 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Not Known


Notes

A tall tree to 45 m and 120 cm Ø, more common in the high forest, less so in the secondary forest. When young the stems may have thorns. The base on older trees have well-developed buttresses. Slash on the stem dark purplish red, interspersed with lighter red or white stripes of dilatation tissue; ripple marks clearly visible in the cambium zone. Leaves digitate, altrnate, the leaflets obovate. The crown of the tree is usually narrow; the fruits open in the dry season, at which time the crown is covered with bright brown masses of fluff. See also PROTA database. Syn.: Bombax brevicuspe.

Bombax buonopozense

Bombax buonopozense


Bombacaceae


Habit

Tree


Fern

No


Predominant Habitat

Forest


Geographic Distribution

Liberia


IUCN Red-List

Not assessed


Synonyms

-


Author (Species)

P.Beauv.


Rank

-


Taxon

-


Author (Sub Species/Variant)

-


Literature

FWTA 1: 334; BJBB 33: 104


Vouchers

Bos 2641 (WAG)


Common Name(s)

Gwegbono (Gio) Sretue (Krahn) bombax (Liberian english/ local name/ trade name) Kobodacho (Sapo)


Notes

Medium-sized to tall, deciduous tree, scattered in the drier forest types but also in the rainforest; low buttresses and heavy thorns, vanishing from old trees but present on branches; very conspicuous big red flowers, appearing when the tree has shed its leaves. Fruits 10 – 20 cm long, cylindrical/spindle-shaped, opening with 5 valves. Numerous seeds embedded in a white kapok. Young trees resembling Ceiba but the leaflets of Ceiba have a distinct petiolule. Slash may show ripple marks because both Ceiba and Rhodognaphalon have ripple marks: observations requested!