EPPO Global Database

Ceiba pentandra(CEIPE)

Code created in: 2001-11-13

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: CEIPE
  • Preferred name: Ceiba pentandra
  • Authority: (Linnaeus) Gärtner


Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (northern to Bolivia). Cultivated for "kapok",  the fine silk contained in the capsules, now replaced by synthetic materials because of its flammability. Other uses exist for the wood and seeds (oil, seed cake). Introduced in Western Asia (Yemen), India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indochina, Malesia (Sulawesi), Sénégal to Somalia, Guinée to Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaïre, East Africa, Angola to Mozambique

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Eriodendron anfractuosum de Candolle

Common names
Name Language
giant kapok English
God's tree English
kapok tree English
silk cotton tree English
Kapokbaum German
arbre à bourre French
capoquier French
fromagier French
kapokier French
ceiba Spanish (AR)
ceibe Spanish (HN)
ceibote Spanish
kapok Spanish
lupuna Spanish
pachote Spanish (HN)
samauma Spanish (AR)
toborachi Spanish (BO)
capoc Italian
ceiba Italian
kapokboom Dutch
árvore-da-lã Portuguese
kapoc Portuguese
mafumeira Portuguese
painera Portuguese (BR)
poilão Portuguese
sumaúma Portuguese
swet simul Bengali
jí bèi Chinese
吉贝 Chinese
safed savara Hindi
seta salmali Sanskrit
sufi Swahili