|Kapok Ceiba pentandra in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.|
Note: 'This closely resembles the cotton tree fruit in Liberia as well'
photo by J. M. Garg
The scientific name is ceiba pentandra (variety guineensis). In Liberia it is called the 'cotton tree'. As you can tell from the above picture of its fruit the name fits. These cotton trees are easy to recognize even when they are not covered with their cotton-like fiber. This is because they tower above the surrounding forest standing 'head and shoulders" above the rest.
|The famous Cotton Tree of Robertsport|
|author playing in a cotton tree|
|Some of the prickly thorns that can grow on the trunk of a cotton tree (ceiba pentandra)|
|Cotton tree in Zondobli, GBC, Liberia|
|Mom by a cotton tree near Doedehn, GBC, Liberia c. 1985|
|Folding trunk of the Cotton Tree of Robertsport|
|Looking up at a cotton tree|
I'll end with a short video of the Cotton Tree of Robertsport so that you can better appreciate the size and beauty of this amazing tree.