K is for… Kapok

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This stately and gnarled tree twists and turns its way around the garden outside the Museum of Fine arts in St Petersburg, Florida.  It attracts plenty of tourist attention because of its unusual spreading shape and its beautiful red flowers.

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It is a Kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra), a veritable giant that can reach a height of 200 feet in the rainforest.  It is not just beautiful, it has many uses for us humans.  The obvious is the light and fluffy seed material that stuffs many a cushion on this planet. The seeds themselves produce an oil that is used in soap and its wood is also of use: light and porous it is perfect for coffins apparently.

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Linked to Tagged KOutdoor WedsABC Weds and Alphabe Thursday.

 

27 thoughts on “K is for… Kapok

  1. I remember making a cushion in school an stuffing it with Kapok stuffing. never given it a thought until I read this ! Beautiful tree with many uses…I’ve been to St Pete’s in Florida but didn’t catch sight of the tree, what a pity.

    Best wishes,
    Di.x

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  2. nice to find photos from St. Petersburg, USA;
    recently we had a TV-report about a man who booked himself a flight to St. Petersburg (US), but his real goal was St. Petersburg in Russia.

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