Ceiba, the resilient "tree of life", grows again after hurricane damages
March 12, 2019 10:56 AM   Subscribe

Those big conical thorns on the trunk are something else! Be interesting to know what drove their evolution-- some extinct megafauna, maybe?

They're really beautiful. I'd worship them too, given the opportunity.

The buttress roots are hard to believe even when you see them. But as usual, 'buttress' is probably a bit of a misnomer, since the roots look like they're under tension rather than compression.
posted by jamjam at 12:15 PM on March 12

This is the news we need. Thank you.
posted by allthinky at 1:32 PM on March 12

This is a lovely post, and enriching.

I think often of that passage from My Antonía: "Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons."
posted by Caxton1476 at 4:53 PM on March 12

Tree of life!!
We're rooting for you.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:04 PM on March 12

Ceiba pentandra used to be the commercial source of furniture stuffing before modern foam. You can still buy "tree cotton" by the kilo in small town Malaysia for making pillows and whatnot. When the cotton balls are still hanging on the tree it can make a pretty dramatic display, like this one (twitter) .
posted by BinGregory at 11:15 PM on March 12 [3 favorites]

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