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Malvaceae / Bombacaceae, Pseudobombax ellipticum – Mexico

October 28, 2014

Pseudobombax ellipticum, known in English as Shaving Brush tree (in reference to the flower) is native to Mexico and Central America where it is referred to variously as Acoque, amapola, árbol de doncellas, árbol de señoritas, calinchuche, jilinsuche, matías, pilinsuchil, pumpo, shaving bush, shilo, shilo blanco, shilo colorado. I took these photos in Mexico where it is called Clavelina.

Mature trees grow to about 60 ft developing an engorged, bottle trunk.

Please refer to these photos of the closely related Pseudobombax septanatum, from a previous post. P. septanatum is a somewhat larger version of P. ellipticum.

Here are previous entries on other plants in the Bombacaceae family, and since they have all merged, here are Sterculiaceae, and Malvaceae as well.

I’ll get photos of the flower.

Pseudobombax ellipticum leaf Pseudobombax ellipticum trunk

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2014 10:08:30 am

    quelle beauté !

  2. October 28, 2014 10:08:32 am

    la nature n’arrête pas à nous étonner !

    • October 28, 2014 10:08:49 pm

      Très vrai … une source omniprésente de fascination et d’inspiration.

  3. October 28, 2014 10:08:56 pm

    I would be most interested to see the flowers. Cheers for sharing Spencer 🙂

    • October 28, 2014 10:08:26 pm

      They have that sort of pom-pom / shaving brush looking flowers. Similar to P. septanatum. I’ll try to get flower photos on my next trip.

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