Biodiversity catalog

Kapok Tree
Ceiba pentandra
Kapok Tree

Species IUCN Status

Least Concern

Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, guatemala, gulf

The kapok tree is endemic to the rainforests of Mexico, Central America and northern South America and can grow to be up to 50 meters tall. Its large trunk and long branches serve as homes to many different forest animals such as frogs, insects, and birds. The long, white and fluffy fibers that the trees produce to encapsulate its seeds has been used throughout history to stuff pillows and mattresses and even have been used to make life jackets because of their ability to float in water!