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  1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Bombax L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Palaeotrop.

    [FTEA]

    Bombacaceae, H. Beentje (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Trees
    Leaves
    Leaves digitate, the central leaflet larger than the outer ones; leaflets 5-9, entire
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary, in cymose inflorescences or solitary; pedicels with 3 bracteoles, these soon deciduous
    Calyx
    Calyx closed in bud, truncate or lobed
    Corolla
    Petals 5, tomentellous outside
    Stamens
    Stamens many, adnate to the petals at their base, either in 2 whorls with the outer whorl of 5 epipetalous bundles and the inner whorl of 5 alternipetalous pairs, or in 5 epipetalous bundles; stamens united at their base into a short tube; anthers oblong or reniform
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-locular, with numerous ovules; stigma 4-5-lobed or entire
    Fruits
    Fruit a ± woody capsule, loculicidally 5-valved, with a persistent axis
    Seeds
    Seeds many, pyriform or angular, covered in the woolly indumentum of the endocarp; endosperm none; cotyledons plicate.
    [FZ]

    Bombacaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Trees.
    Leaves
    Leaves digitately (3) 5–7-foliolate.
    Flowers
    Flowers moderately large, solitary or cymose in the leaf axils.
    Calyx
    Calyx truncate or subtruncate.
    Corolla
    Petals 5.
    Stamens
    Stamens ?, united in a tube below; anthers straight or somewhat curved.
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-locular, loculi multiovulate; stigma 5-lobed or style-apex ± entire.
    Fruits
    Fruit a 5-valved woody capsule with many seeds embedded in a more or less abundant wool.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Brazil North, Burkina, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Mauritania, Myanmar, New Guinea, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaïre

    Introduced into:

    Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Laccadive Is., Leeward Is., Nicobar Is., Trinidad-Tobago

    Accepted Species

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Bombax L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Sp. Pl.: 511 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • —F.T.A. 1: 213.

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 227 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 1: 511 (1753)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 227(1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 511 (1753)

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0