The kapok, seibo, bucare (Erythrina crista-galli, the Greek ??????? erythros, red ~ ~, and Latin crista galli, cockscomb) is a tree of the family Fabaceae native to South America, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay Argentina and Uruguay. For
It is a tree of small size (about 5 to 8 m) with some as high as 10 m high, and ceiba trees of the provinces of
The stem is woody, tortuous, irregular, spiny branches that form a shapeless coat and die after flowering.The flowers are arranged in clustered inflorescence are pentamerous, complete and bilateral symmetry. Its color is red. The plants bloom from October to April. The calyx is gamosepalous, like a little red thimble. Shape with a perianth corolla where sepals and petals are of similar color, but differently. Its edge is characterized by brown color gives wilted appearance. The corolla, similar to the Phaseolus vulgaris, is amariposada, but differs in that the standard, which is the largest petal, is disposed on the bottom. The petals called wings, are very small and are practically hidden within the calyx.The other two petals are sometimes partially welded to form the keel or carina to protect the reproductive organs.
Date of Issue: 12 April 2010