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A Company named Kapok[edit]

I know that there is (or was) a company in Taiwan named "Kapok Computer Co". Address: No. 2-66, Section 2, Kwang Fu Road Sun Chung City; City: Taipei, Hsien. Does someone knows more about it. I think what I know is too less for an own article. 15:43, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I would like to know how strong and dense kapok wood is...? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:29, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

"The commercial tree is most heavily cultivated in Asia, notably in Java (hence its nicknames), Malaysia, and Indonesia, but also in the Philippines and South America."[edit]

Quote - "The commercial tree is most heavily cultivated in Asia, notably in Java (hence its nicknames), Malaysia, and Indonesia, but also in the Philippines and South America."

STOP grouping the Philippines with South America! Why is it that Philippines always has to be separated/isolated from Malaysia, Indonesia and anything Asian?! Why does it always have to be associated with Latin America? They may have been colonized by the same colonizer, but Spanish has been virtually phased out in the Philippines in no time. Also cause it is not their native tongue. Just as English is also not their native tongue! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Azndragon126 (talkcontribs) 07:33, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Excessive Galleries[edit]

Is Gallery of Ceiba pentandra & Birds/a Bat on it really necessary? (talk) 05:19, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

No, it isn't. Its has gone, Velela (talk) 10:15, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

Kapok Spinning[edit]

Quote- "kapok is difficult to spin" source Although, some older encyclopedias say kapok cann't be spun, the the process was perfected in the 1940's. —Preceding unsigned comment added by WebmasterK (talkcontribs) 23:26, 7 January 2009 (UTC) Quote- The fibre has been largely replaced by man-made..." Update and grammar change to "Man-made materials largely replaced the fibre..." —Preceding unsigned comment added by WebmasterK (talkcontribs) 22:38, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

A Kapok Tree in Clearwater, FL[edit]

I don't know if this is relevant to this page; most likely it is not-at least not the historical information as this is a science category, but this is the only page that I found by searching Kapok Tree, so I thought I would post here before I add anything to a page, or try to start a page of my own. This is a summary of the information I was considering adding(somewhere):

In the city of Clearwater, Florida, USA there is a Kapok tree that is (approximately) over 50 years old; the tree itself is still considered a community/historical landmark; as is the adjoining restaurant/botanical gardens surrounding it and bearing the name "The Kapok Tree Inn". I visited many times when I was a child/teenager-I am a native of Clearwater, although I have a few books on local history that contain some information, I know some of the history just from memory, and that is all I will include here:

The tree was first brought to Clearwater by someone who was well-known or important to the community in either early or mid-20th century; the person who planted the tree then built the beautiful restaurant-botanical garden area around the tree. The Inn became a very famous "tourist destination", known not only for the beautiful buildings, gardens, etc., but also for the cuisine-it was famous for "southern homestyle" dishes, from its inception until it closed in the the late 1980's/early 90's. The person who planted the tree and began "The Kapok Tree Inn" owned it for the rest of his life; and then his family carried on for at least 1 more generation. In the 1980's or 1990's its popularity waned (mostly due to Orlando's giant theme parks) and eventually the Inn went bankrupt.

In its heyday, it was popular-and very unique. Along with the gardens, there were multiple "themed" dining rooms, statues, indoor greenhouse displays, even an indoor waterfall-quite spectacular for that time. It was mentioned in one of the James Fitzpatrick movie travelogues of the 1930's and 40's, I believe in the one that also mentions Cypress Gardens in Orlando and the water-skiing championships in Sarasota. The building is still intact, the tree is still doing well, and the architecture is still breathtaking, but it now houses a music store and some other little shops. (it is currently a rather sad mess.)

Perhaps this material belongs in a historical context; but I thought it was also interesting that there is one of the non-native trees "alive and well" and living in the southeast US.

If this material would be considered something that should be added to wikipedia, I probably have enough source material myself to do the research at home, I live less than a mile from the site, I could take pictures if I cannot find any in the public domain. Also, the city used to at least keep a "curator" on site, I could see if there is still one around; I could check with the local library/newspaper to confirm my facts. I would be more than willing to do the research and write it up, but I am not yet confident enough to add much to the wikipedia except a sentence here and there. This is such a fantastic repository of information that I would want any contribution I made to be up to the appropriate standards. If someone would make some suggestions as to whether/where this information belongs, it would be greatly appreciated. Sherherazad13 (talk) 11:39, 12 September 2009 (UTC)


Why is the name given in Telagu when kapok is not native to India? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:17, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Possibly because it's being confused with Bombax ceiba? I'm suspicious that a lot of the names in Asian languages aren't for this species. Plantdrew (talk) 19:50, 19 April 2016 (UTC)
Well I am an Indian and my native language is Telugu(not Telagu) and apparently I did find Silk-Cotton trees around in the areas I lived, Visakhapatnam especially. I remember the brown maize like pods with white corn like particles inside, which when rubbed turned into fuzzy cottonny substances with a black seed in them. Is that not kapok?. Not to mention the Kapok is translated to "White Bubble" while the Bombax ceiba is just "Bubble" Daiyusha (talk) 13:59, 8 October 2016 (UTC)