Manipur Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Manipur (India)
Designed & Developed by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species:  Bombax ceiba L.

Family: Bombacaceae Genus: Bombax Species:  Bombax ceiba L.






Synonym Bombax malabaricum, Salmalia malabarica Flower Color Red - Pink
Common Name Semal, Kapok Tree Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Silk Cotton Tree, Indian Bombax, Red Cotton Tree Flowering Period Jan-March
Vernacular /Local Name Tera Fruiting Period April-June
Altitude Up to 1400 m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Tree Fruit Details Fruit 8-10 X 3 cm, downy tomentose, cylindrical, cuneate on both ends, blackish and glabrous at maturity
Habitat Occurs in plains from the coast on the deciduous belt of the hills Bark Type Fissured
Distribution India (Tropical Asia and New Guinea) Bark Details Bark 20-30 mm thick, grey mottled with white, longitudinal fissures shallow; blaze pink
Distribution in manipur Eastern Origin Native
    Leaf Type Compound
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Elliptic
Description of Species Deciduous trees; to 45 m high; bole straight, buttress 1-2 m high, armed with conical prickles; bark 20-30 mm thick, grey Leaf Details Leaves digitately-compound stipulate stipules small, lateral; rachis 12-25 cm, stout, swollen at base, glabrous; leaflets 5-7, whorled; petiolule 14-25 mm long, stout, glabrous; lamina 10-20 X 2-6 cm

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details

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