Kapok Tree Key West

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Larry Tucei
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Kapok Tree Key West

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:48 am

All- While in Key West last week I had limited time to measure trees but I did find a nice Kapok tree at the City Tax Assessor's office. The tree was planted in 1905 making it 111 years young. Bart I thought of you while I measured it and how large they can become in certain locations. CBH- 17' at 9' above ground over the root flare, Height-51.5' and Crown Spread North-S 90' x East-W 83.3'. Some images of the first Kapok I've ever seen. Larry
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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by wisconsitom » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:01 am

Nice tree! You really need to view the much larger one at Edison grounds in Fort Myers. But this is cool.

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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:51 am

Okay sounds like I need to get over to Ft Myers been wanting to go have never been. I heard it is really beautiful area. Thanks

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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by wisconsitom » Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:05 pm

I would agree-the SW portion of Florida has much to offer the nature lover. It is-of course-under extreme development pressure.....it's nothing to see perhaps a couple hundred acres of forest cleared and piled up to burn or chip into vans (semi trailers) so more housing subdivisions and Walmarts can take their rightful place. I get both sad and excited whenever I'm down there. Just the immediate area around the condo my folks used to own has undergone drastic change over the last say....five years. I better quit! I'll get everybody depressed here!

But by all means, should any of you end up in that area, I can't stress this enough-the Edison grounds are eminently worth checking out. Also not to be missed-Corkscrew Swamp, which I believe contains the largest stands of remaining old-growth bald cypress.

edited to add: I'll bet one or more of you folks will be able to help me with this question: What is the term for the entire group of trees-all tropical-which have enormous buttressing at their base? I used to know this word and I wanted to use it in another tree forum but I just can't recall it at the moment. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by bbeduhn » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:19 am

The Kapok Tree in Ft. Myers is quite impressive.

87.6' tall
55' spread
4' diameter
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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by Joe » Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:45 am

An amazing looking species- so I looked it up on Wikipedia- and it had the following which is supposed to be the biggest of all- a very mind blowing tree:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiba_pen ... alBagh.JPG

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Re: Kapok Tree Key West

Post by Lucas » Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:29 pm


Click on image to see its original size

Per the above, straight horz branches to allow bat pollination on kapok trees.

Amazing how bats are so important to Borneo and the world.
We travel the Milky way together, trees and men. - John Muir

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