The Great Baobab

The Great Baobab

larry calderon 2020-04-01 01:59:02

The Ceiba tree or Kapok, as it is called in the English-speaking countries, is one of them as indeed it is a very large tree, up to 200 feet in height, sometimes growing as much as 13 feet per year. Due to its extreme height, the kapok, towers over the other rainforest vegetation. The trunk can expand to nine or 10 feet in diameter. In the nooks and grooves of this huge plant live a diverse number of species including frogs, birds and bromeliads. But then, there is another giant in the family, the Cuipo.

This tree has a bit of a bottle shape but most distinctive are its horizontal lines several meters apart, its first branches of the Cuipo do not begin until 25 meters and is bare 11 months out of the year. The leaves are almost round on mature trees and nearly square on juvenile trees Besides, it is a very dominant and easily detected tree because it extends high above the other trees – above the canopy. Its height ranges from 45 to 60 meters (149 to 198 feet) and the trunk appears to be “swollen” at the base. This type of tree is common in Cerro Hoya National Park.

Another bottle shaped relative is the Barrigon, which still appears in the life fences here and there. Tow lesser known relatives are the “Yuco de Monte” and the “Coco de Agua”. Besides, the singular “Cedro Espino” also belongs in this family of remarkable trees. And last but not least, the Balsa tree or “Palo de Lana” known for its very light wood, it grows very fast and tall. The family used to be called the Bomba Caceae, but is now a subfamily of the Marvaceae.

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