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Botanical Name Chorisia speciosa
Common Name Floss Silk Tree
Chinese Name 絲木棉(美人樹)
Family Bombacaceae
Genus Chorisia
Floss Silk Tree is a deciduous tree that grows to 8 to 15 m tall with short spines on the trunk. The leaves, spirally arranged on the current year’s branches, are serrate above the cuneate base. They have a bright green upper surface and a pale green underside. Flowers occur solitarily or in clusters of 2 or 3 in axils of apical leaves. The inflorescence sometimes takes the form of a cymose panicle due to the fall of subtending leaves. The tree blooms from October to February and fruits from December to February.
(Flora of Hong Kong )
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