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Ochroma pyramidale (balsa; bois flot; West Indian balsa)

Synonyms: Bombax angulatum; Bombax pyramidatum; Ochroma bicolor; Ochroma boliviana; Ochroma concolor; Ochroma grandiflora; Ochroma lagopodum; Ochroma lagopus; Ochroma lagopus var. bicolor; Ochroma lagopus var. occigranatensis; Ochroma limonensis; Ochroma obtusa; Ochroma peruviana; Ochroma pyramidale var. bicolor; Ochroma pyramidale var. concolor; Ochroma tomentosa; Ochroma tomentosa var. ibarrensis; Ochroma velutina

Wikipedia Abstract

Ochroma pyramidale, commonly known as the balsa tree, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is a large, fast-growing tree that can grow up to 30 m (98 ft) tall. Balsa wood is a very lightweight material with many uses. Balsa trees are native to southern Brazil and Bolivia north to southern Mexico.
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Janka Hardness [2]  88 lbf (40 kgf) Very Soft
Leaf Type [1]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Specific Gravity [2]  0.18
Structure [1]  Tree

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Arenal National Park II 30025 Costa Rica  
Braulio Carrillo National Park II 117843 Costa Rica  
Carara National Park II 12983 Costa Rica  
Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve VI 921676 Ecuador  
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  
Megantoni National Sanctuary 536005 Cusco, Peru  
Pico Mogote Ecological Reserve II 3698 Cuba  
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Reserva Karen Mogensen F. Nature Reserve 1866 Costa Rica  
Sierra del Divisor Reserve Zone 3652986 Peru      
Tortuguero National Park II 47632 Costa Rica


Adoxophyes moderatana[4]
Adoxophyes tetraphracta[4]
Anadasmus porinodes[4]
Ara macao (Scarlet Macaw)[5]
Ara severus (Chestnut-fronted Macaw)[6]
Aratinga weddellii (Dusky-headed Parakeet)[6]
Artibeus jamaicensis (Jamaican fruit-eating bat)[7]
Brotogeris cyanoptera (Cobalt-winged Parakeet)[6]
Carmenta chrysophanes[4]
Donda ornata[4]
Homona phanaea[4]
Pyrrhura rupicola (Black-capped Parakeet)[6]
Rapala iarbus (Common Red Flash)[4]
Sciurus variegatoides (variegated squirrel)[8]


Pollinated by 
Phyllostomus discolor (pale spear-nosed bat)[9]





Attributes / relations provided by 1Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935 2Wood Janka Hardness Scale/Chart J W Morlan's Unique Wood Gifts 3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture 4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández 5Current Status and Conservation of the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) in the Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA), Costa Rica, Fiona Dear, Christopher Vaughan and Adrián Morales Polanco, Research Journal of the Costa Rican Distance Education University Vol. 2(1): 7-21, June, 2010 6PARROT CLAYLICKS: DISTRIBUTION, PATTERNS OF USE AND ECOLOGICAL CORRELATES FROM A PARROT ASSEMBLAGE IN SOUTHEASTERN PERU, ALAN TRISTRAM KENNETH LEE, dissertation for DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2010 7Artibeus jamaicensis, Jorge Ortega and Iván Castro-Arellano, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 662, pp. 1–9 (2001) 8Sciurus variegatoides, Troy L. Best, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 500, pp. 1-6 (1995) 9Phyllostomus discolor, Gary G. Kwiecinski, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 801, pp. 1–11 (2006)
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