Bombax costatum

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Bombax costatum
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Bombax costatum in fields in Burkina Faso
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Bombax
Species: B. costatum
Binomial name
Bombax costatum
Pellegr. & Vuill.

Bombax costatum is a tree usually reaching a height of 5 - 15 m. It is flowering in the dry season before the leaves appear.

Distribution[edit]

Its distribution is restricted to the savanna zones of West Africa from Senegal to the Central African Republic. It is often found on rocky hills or lateritic crusts.

Use[edit]

The calyx is used in West African cuisine as a base of sauces. Excessive harvesting of flowering branches contributes to the decline of the species.

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