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Cavanillesia platanifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cavanillesia (ka-vuh-nil-LES-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: platanifolia (pla-tan-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jibaro On Aug 5, 2012, jibaro from Maricao, PR wrote:

Yes, the viability of seeds is quite limited. The dry seeds when watered will swell to a jelly-like mass, and the seed will germinate and the young plant grow quickly. Then the entire mass can be planted in soil.
This tree grows very quickly in hot weather and should be set out in a moisture retentive place. They will, however, grow in dry soil once established. A giant specimen at USDA in Mayaguez Puerto Rico sits atop a quite dry hill.
The tree is very handsome and is particularly so when in flower and frui (simultaneously). A huge mass of delicate pink and white flowers and fruits fills the top before the leaves come out (deciduous).
Where the climate and space allow this tree should be used more as it is almost as spectacular as a ceiba (and grows a lot faster).

Positive palmbob On Jun 4, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an incredibly massive tree, native to Panamanian forests, where it tends to stand out above the rest of the vegetation. I think it has been used extensively for lumber. It has a trunk that is HUGE- a tall, smooth, columnar swollen trunk. One I saw in Hawaii had to have a trunk about 60' or more hight even before any branches started to come off it. It has dry, star-shaped seed-fruits that flutter down ... about twice the size of a hand.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Maricao, Puerto Rico

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