Kapok (kor), cotton that feels as luxurious as silk. I have collected enough for about 6-7 pillows or many more cushions just from my daily walks of the past few days. Initially I thought the neighbor has 30-50 trees, but more in the hundreds, bordering his sizable property.
Seen and heard on Ms. Theary C. Seng's Facebook accounts:
|Ceiba pentandra is a tropical tree of the order Malvales and the family Malvaceae (previously separated in the family Bombacaceae), native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and (as the variety C. pentandra var. guineensis) to tropical west Africa. A somewhat smaller variety is found throughout southern Asia and the East Indies. Kapok is the most used common name for the tree and may also refer to the cotton-like fluff obtained from its seed pods. The tree is cultivated for the seed fibre, particularly in south-east Asia, and is also known as the Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton, Samauma, or ceiba.|