The Bombacaceae Family - complete

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Please join us in transcribing the Bombacaceae plant family. The Bombacaceae is the family of many fascinating and economically important plants, including the durian, balsa, kapok and baobob. Here are some interesting facts: Durian is known for its large size, strong odor and thorn covered husk, and considered by many as the "king of fruits". The baobob flowers also emit a strong smell, that of carrion, and attract bats that pollinate the flowers. Kapok is a gigantic tree of the tropical forest canopy and the mass of silky fibers from the fruit can be used to fill mattresses. Lastly, balsa, with its soft lightweight wood, is used in the blades of wind turbines. Contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany NMNH, for any questions on this project.

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