Pseudobombax ellipticum. SHAVING-BRUSH TREE. Mexico to Guatemala 
BOMBACACEAE (Bombax family)

The green bark of this tree is similar to that of the nearby Chorisia speciosa, but without the spikes. The tree, named for its showy 6-inch-long flowers with many 4-inch stamens, can grow to 30 feet in the wild but is shorter in cultivation. In 2003, a tree was planted at the edge of the Arizona Garden, on the side closest to Palm Drive.

Illustrations (links open new windows): leaf and green bark


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