Ceiba  (Ceiba pentandra, Ceiba occidentalis)


Common names: Kapok, Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton, and samauma.



Distribution : Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, and tropical west Africa



Color/appearance : Heartwood pinkish white to ashy brown



Janka hardness: 240 lbf



Density: 1.5 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 2.5%

Tangential (width): 5.2%,

Volumetric (total): 6.9%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 2.1



Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Ceiba



Sustainability: CITES: no, IUCN: no



Common Uses:  The wood is lightweight and porous; good for making carvings, coffins and dugout canoes.


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