The kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra), also called the ceiba or silk-cotton tree, can reach 40 meters or more in height. It was the sacred tree of the Mayan people who believed that the souls of the dead climbed a mythical kapok whose branches reached into heaven.
Kapoks are beautiful trees with wide buttresses at the base and large, flattened crowns of leaves and branches. The large leaves, which drop annually, lead to the opening of bell-shaped flowers though this only happens every five or ten years. The foul smelling flowers open in the early evening to welcome bats, who promote pollination.
Fibre from Seeds
During one flowering season, a mature tree may produce up to 4000 fruits which each contain about 200 seeds. This means a single tree may produce 800,000 seeds. The large pea-like seeds are formed in pods, and it is these thick, woody pods which contain the kapok fiber.
Use of Kapok
Kapok trees are found in the tropics world-wide but most commercial kapok comes from Java. The lightweight and waterproof fiber is used for insulation, stuffing, and , before the advent of polyfibers and foams, in life jackets.
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All prices are listed in Canadian dollars and do not include applicable taxes or shipping. All orders will be confirmed prior to final processing so that the customer can approve the total price including shipping before pressing the final checkout button.
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REFUNDS & EXCHANGES – You may return or exchange any Pema Design product within 60 days of invoice date. You will be refunded product price and any applicable tax paid. Unfortunately we are unable to refund cost of shipping the original order or the returned product. Please note: Returns from the USA will be refunded only if purchaser notifies us before shipping back for proper Customs documentation. Please phone or email us for directions.
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* Note: Orders over $150 - are charged a base shipping price plus a percentage on every $ over the base price of $150.
These figures are estimates only and are subject to change. If the shipping on your order results in a overpayment, we will adjust before processing. If you have a question or would like a precise quote please choose email as a payment method during the checkout process so we can confirm total shipping cost with you. For shipping costs on Orders Shipped to Arctic Canada and outside North America, please email us.
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