from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of trees, called also the silkcotton tree; also, a tree of the genus Bombax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of silk-cotton trees, natural order Malvaceæ, chiefly natives of tropical America.
- n. [lowercase] Same as bombazine.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Bombax.
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- n. trees of chiefly South America
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These kapok or silk-cotton trees belong to the Bombax family, Bombacaceae, which includes many fascinating, handsome and much admired trees.
Yet other trees in the Bombax family have spectacular flowers and are cultivated as ornamentals.
Prominent tree species include Lecythis odora, Lecythis turbinata, brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa, rare in this area), Cenostigma tocantina, Bombax tocantinum, and the large liana Bauhinia bombaciflora.
Among the grasses are numerous forbs and scattered trees of Bombax ceiba a dominant of savanna woodland, Dillenia indica in the swamp forest, Careya arborea and Emblica officinalis.
Annual burning seems to maintain the grasslands but semal Bombax ceiba, the only fire resistant tree, is encroaching this habitat.
Successional role of Bombax ceiba in savannas in Nepal.
There is also a variety of tree and shrub species such as Dillenia pentagyna which dominates the swamp forest, silk cotton Bombax ceiba a dominant of the savanna woodland, and Phyllanthus emblica, and shrub species of Clerodendrum, Leea, Grewia, Premna, Mussaenda, Sonchus, Osbekia and Blumera.
Other important tree species in the mixed deciduous community included Millettia brandisiana (6.7 percent), Lagestroemia cochinchinensis (4.1 percent), Bombax kerrii (3.0 percent), and Afzelia xylocarpa (2.3 percent).
The riparian forests are characterized by an Acacia-Dalbergia association that includes Acacia catechu, Albizzia procera, Bombax ceiba, Sterculia villosa, and Dalbergia sisso.
Open forests are dominated by Bombax ceiba in association with Albizzia procera, Duabanga sonneratioides, and Sterculia vilosa.