Bombacaceae, Pachira aquatica, Guinea chestnut, Apompo – Mexico

Pachira aquatica is a medium size tree native to tropical wetlands of Central and South America. Its native habitat tends to be seasonally flooded lowlands or swamps, however it is […]

Bombacaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Boabab

Baobab. This is the most widespread of the Adansonia species. I took these photos on the Kenyan coast. Other common names for Baobab include: boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, […]

Bombacaceae, Bombax rhodognaphalon, East African Bombax, Msufi-Mwitu (Swahili)

Useful for general timber, building and construction, the East African Bombax can be found along evergreen forest margins, especially in coastal bushland. The bark yields a red dye. The cotton-like […]

Bombacaceae, Pachira (Bombacopsis) glabra, Saba nut, American chestnut

Originating in Mexico, Guiana, and  northern Brazil, Pachira glabra is similar looking and closely related to Pachira aquatica, the Malabar chestnut. Despite its origins in America, I took most of […]