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bombax

(bŏm`băks), common name for the Bombacaceae, a family of deciduous trees, often tall and with unusually thick trunks, found chiefly in the American tropics. The family includes many commercially important members, e.g., the baobabbaobab
, gigantic tree, Adansonia digitata, of India and Africa, exceeded in trunk diameter only by the sequoia. The hollow trunks of living baobabs have been used for dwellings; rope and cloth are made from the bark and condiments and medicines from the leaves; and the
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; the balsa, or corkwood (Ochroma lagopus), which yields the lightest lumber in the world; and the kapokkapok
, name for a tropical tree of the family Bombacaceae (bombax family) and for the fiber (floss) obtained from the seeds in the ripened pods. The floss has been important in commerce since the 1890s; the chief source is Ceiba pentandra,
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 and several species of the genera Bombax and Ceriba whose seed fibers are used as filling material. The Bombacaceae are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Malvales.
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It had been reporteded that Bombax ceiba exhibits low density hardwood and could be utilized in making matchwood [40,18].
The crude seed extracts (CSEs) prepared from defatted Bombax ceiba seed powder were investigated in their coagulation activity using synthetic and Ruvu river water sample with low (50 NTU), medium (250 NTU) and high (500 NTU) turbidity.
In the site of one Bombax species visited, four (4) lumbers were recovered, each measuring 3.
e) Plantation: Extensive plantations of Acacia catechu, Ailanthus excelsa, Bombax ceiba, Dalbergia sissoo, Eucalyptus citriodora, and Tectona grandis have been raised as gap planting as well as after clear felling.
5 Mitragyna inermis 0 Bombax costatum 0 Pterocarpus erinaceus 0 Sclerocarya birrea 0 Lannea acida 0 Table 2: Wood dry matter and water contents of the different species Species Dry matter content (%) Water content (%) Grewia bicolor 65.
Bombax ceiba was used by the Kavirajes of the present study for treatment of bone fracture, but used by Kavirajes of Kushtia district to increase sperm count.
Anthocephalus indicus, Bombax malabaricum, Cassia grandis, C.
One paleobotanist's Cladrastis or Magnolia has become another's Nyssa (Wolfe, 1966; Tanai, 1977); the same is true of Bombax, Quercus, Juglans, Persea, and Laurus (Hantke, 1965; Knobloch, 1969; Kvacek & Buzek, 1972; Kvacek & Walther, 1972, 1981; Mai & Gregor, 1982).
The leaves and roots of Bombax ceiba were taken in combination to increase sexual activity (i.