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Ceiba aesculifolia - (Kunth) Britten & Baker
Common Name Pochote
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Chiefly on dry plains or hillsides, mainly at elevations up to 1,500 metres[ 331 ]. A rare species found in low, dry deciduous forests from Mexico to Costa Rica .
Range Central America - Costa Rica north to Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Found in Central America, Pochote (Ceiba aesculifolia) is a tropical deciduous tree with a thick, short bole and spreading crown. It reaches up to 25 m tall. Young fruit and ripe seeds are edible when cooked - ripe fruits are stewed and seeds are roasted. Seedpods are sources of floss that has various uses like as stuffing material in pillows, toys, and cushions, as tinder for starting fires, as material in weaving covers, and as an insulating material in refrigerators. Found In: Central America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, North America. Other names: Ceibillo, Pochotte ceiba, Pochote apochote, Ceiba, Puchote.

Ceiba aesculifolia Pochote

Ceiba aesculifolia Pochote
Physical Characteristics
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Ceiba aesculifolia is a deciduous Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Edible Uses
Edible portion: Fruit, Seeds. Young leaves - cooked[ 317 ] Ripe fruits are eaten stewed[ 317 ]. The young tender fruits are sometimes cooked and eaten[ 331 ]. Seeds - roasted[ 317 , 331 ].
Medicinal Uses
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A plant recommended for digestive disorders. In the State of Mexico it is used as a purgative and emetic and Quintana Roo only as an emetic. In Yucatan fermented bark is used for sunstroke.
Other Uses
Other uses rating: High (4/5). Other Uses: The seedpods contain an abundant floss that has a wide range of uses. Traditionally, it is used as a stuffing material in pillows, cushions, toys etc; as a tinder for starting fires; and can also be used to make wicks for candles[ 46 , 331 ]. The Maya used to weave covers from it[ 317 , 331 ]. In more recent times, the floss has been found to be very effective as an insulating material in refrigerators[ 317 ].
Cultivation details
Industrial Crop: Fiber;  Management: Standard;  Regional Crop.

It is a tropical plant. Succeeds in poor, dry soils[ 331 ].

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Other Names
Pochote (Ceiba aesculifolia). Other names: Ceibillo, Pochotte ceiba, Pochote apochote, Ceiba, Puchote.
Found In
Found In: Central America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, North America.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
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Bombax ceibaRed Silk Cotton Tree, Kapok Tree22
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