La Democracia, Belize
Ceiba pentandra “Cotton Tree”
This Ceiba tree was planted in 1991
The Ceiba tree was the Sacred Tree of the Ancient Maya
Cotton-like fiber surrounds the seeds of the Ceiba Tree. These fibers are 8 times lighter than Cotton.
These same fibers were used to stuff life preserves during World War 2.
The root system of the Ceiba Tree is hollow and the tree can topple easily in a strong storm.
Location. 17° 21.15′ N, 88° 33.199′ W. Marker is in La Democracia, Belize. Marker can be reached from Western Highway 0.4 kilometers north of Coastal Highway. Touch for map. The marker is near the large ceiba at the Belize Zoo, at mile 29 on the Western Highway from Belize City towards Belmopan. Marker is in this post office area: La Democracia, Belize 7LLDZ KVQWW, Belize.
Regarding Ceiba Tree. The fibers of the ceiba seed are known as kapok and were used in flotation devices and as cushions during the early to middle 20th century.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 3, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.