The ceiba has a thick, buttressed trunk with a high canopy that can grow up to 70 meters (230 feet) in height. Three versions of the tree are found on our planet: that grown in tropical rainforests is a massive tree with spiny thorns protruding from its trunk.
The Yaxche , as the Maya referred to it, was the representation of what is known in vast ancient civilizations as the tree of life. In the Maya civilization the Yaxche is represented by the Ceiba pentandra, known as the Kapok tree in English, that is native to the southern Mexico region.
One plant in the rainforest is the Ceiba Tree . Then, animals eat the leaves of the Ceiba Tree . One animal is an insect called the Leafcutter Ant. Next, another animal eats the leafcutter ant, such as a poison dart frog.
Ceiba trees grow in both wet evergreen and dry semi-deciduous tropical forests. Ceiba pentandra is native throughout the American tropics, from Mexico through Central America and south to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, as well as in West Africa.
ceiba → silk-cotton tree. ceiba → silk-cotton tree.
Fruit of kapok tree is light green, woody, smooth pod filled with 200 brown seed. Each tree produces 500 to 4.000 pods per season. Seed pods are filled with fluffy, yellowish fibers which facilitate dispersal of seed by wind. Kapok tree provides food and shelter for many species of monkeys, birds, frogs and insects.
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During his sleep, several species of animals that lived in the tree come down, including frogs , snakes, sloths, birds , anteaters, and monkeys . The animals explain their dependence on the tree and also the importance of the tree to the world.
Kapok trees : thornless, some thorns , very thorny . Figure 2.