Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ceiba pentandra - Kapok Tree

The king of the Kapok trees in Singapore must be this one in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Actually, having said that, I think this tree is still not the most majestic. Another one near the bandstand in the gardens has an even more impressive set of buttress roots. Anyway, this particular tree attracted a lot of attention because its seed pods are bursting with cottony fluff (kapok) and much of it has already been released and are lying around the roots of the tree. In the old days, our pillows and bolsters were stuffed with kapok - childhood memories.

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