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  kapok (ceiba)

 

Thailand

Adult kapok trees produce several hundred seed pods, that hang from their branches (fig.).

 

Kapok seed pods contain a fluffy, cream-coloured fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose.

 

  kapok (ceiba)

 

  kapok (ceiba)

 

Kapok fibre is buoyant, very resilient and resistant to water, and is used as filling in mattresses, pillows, etc. See also List of Thai Bo-tanical Names.