and the Vietnamese name for the Kapok tree (bông) gòn, although, in this instance, the tree intended may well be, not the New World Ceiba pentandra, but the Old World Bombax
The referenced reports make it clear that C. pentandra is among the largest trees in the world.
The tree and the cotton-like fluff obtained from its seed pods are commonly known in English as kapok, a Malay-derived name which originally applied to Bombax ceiba, a native
of tropical Asia.
Uses The commercial tree is most heavily cultivated in the rainforests of Asia, notably in Java (hence one of its common names), the Philippines, Malaysia, and Hainan Island
in China, as well as in South America.
The tree is cultivated for its cottonlike seed fibre, particularly in south-east Asia, and is also known as the Java cotton, Java kapok, silk-cotton or samauma.
 The buttress roots can be clearly seen in photographs extending 12 to 15 m (40 to 50 ft) up the trunk of some specimens and extending out from the trunk
as much as 20 m (65 ft) and then continuing below ground to a total length of 50 m (165 ft) The trunk and many of the larger branches are often crowded with large simple thorns.
It was previously much used in life jackets and similar devices until synthetic materials largely replaced the fiber.
These major branches, usually 4 to 6 in number, can be up to 1.8 m (6 ft) thick and form a crown of foliage as much as 61 m (201 ft) in width.
A somewhat smaller variety was introduced to South and Southeast Asia, where it is cultivated.
It has an iodine value of 85–100; this makes it a nondrying oil, which means that it does not dry out significantly when exposed to air.
Ceiba pentandra is a tropical tree of the order Malvales and the family Malvaceae (previously emplaced in the family Bombacaceae), native to Mexico, Central America and the
Caribbean, northern South America, and (as the variety C. pentandra var guineensis) West Africa.
 In Spanish-speaking countries the tree is commonly known as “ceiba” and in French-speaking countries as fromager.
Native tribes along the Amazon River harvest the fibre to wrap around their blowgun darts.
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