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, with the Common names include "shaving brush tree" and amapolla tree, is a species of plant in the Bombacoideae subfamily of the Malvaceae family.


The tree 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 attractive flowers are used to decorate homes and churches in Central America. [1] In Central America, a highly intoxicating drink is made from the tree.[2]


The tree is grown as an ornamental tree in Florida, Hawaii, and coastal Southern California.



  1. ^ Pseudobombax ellipticum (Kunth) Dugand
  2. ^ Maya, Divine Kings of the Rain Forest (ed. Nikolai Grube), Köln (Cologne) 2001, pp. 430-ff. ISBN 9783829041508