Ceiba speciosa - Daysa Darcin Alsouza
Daysa Darcin Alsouza
The illustration shows a silk floss tree (formerly chorisia speciosa of the family Malvaceae genus Ceiba). The plant is native to South America and it is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. It Inhabits regions of Cerrado, Atlantic Forest and Caatinga. The tree can grow up to 20m in height.
The Silk floss tree's flower measures about 10 cm in diameter and it has 5 petals. The petals are pink at the tips fading to white at the center with dark red spots covering it's surface. The plants seeds are shrouded in fibers that are similar to silk threads. Despite it's aesthetic appeal, the fiber plays a crucial role in the propagation of the seeds by the wind.
The plant has an inestimable value, being part of a complex ecological system.
Watercolor and gouache on paper