Pseudobombax ellipticum

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Pseudobombax ellipticum
Pseudobombax ellipticum album.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Pseudobombax
Species: P. ellipticum
Binomial name
Pseudobombax ellipticum
(Kunth) Dugand

Pseudobombax ellipticum is a species of plant in the Malvaceae family, subfamily Bombacoideae. Common names include "Shaving Brush Tree". P. ellipticum is native to southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Pseudobombax elipticum is a tree that can reach 18 m (60 ft) in height and 1.3 m (4 ft) d.b.h. Its branches are close to the base of the stem. It is a deciduous tree with succulent stems. Uses include firewood and wood for carving handicrafts. The tree is grown as an ornamental in Florida and Hawaii, and the attractive flowers are used to decorate homes and churches in Central America. [1]