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Cavanillesia platanifolia

Cavanillesia platanifolia

Rare (at least in cultivation) deciduous tree to 100+’. Trunk baobab-like (albeit a bit less pudgy), smooth, gray, with light wood that is used by indigenous peoples in its native
Central and South America to make dugout canoes. Flowers reddish, to 2″ long, with numerous stamens, held in fuzzy calyces; fruit a 4″ long 5-winged papery pod holding a single seed.
Blooms and fruits better the warmer the dry season. Best suited for large spaces like parks or even street medians.