Some additional data to the genus Bombax L. (Malvaceae- Bombacoideae) for the flora of Vietnam
Phan Ke Loc, Nguyen Thi Nhung, Nguyen Thi Anh Duyen

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Some additional data to the genus Bombax L.

(Malvaceae- Bombacoideae) for the flora of Vietnam


Phan Kế Lộc1, Nguyễn Thị Nhung2, Nguyễn Thị Ánh Duyên3

1Faculty of Biology, VNU University of Science, 334 Nguyễn Trãi,

Thanh Xuân, Hanoi, Vietnam

2VNU University of Education, 144 Xuân Thủy, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi, Vietnam


Abstract: Bombax L. (Malvaceae- Bombacoideae) is a small genus with 8 species, distributed in Old World. Up to now there are 4 species of Bombax registered for the flora of Vietnam, namely B. albidum Gagnep., B. anceps Pierre, B. ceiba L. and B. insigne Wall. Goal of this paper is to contribute some additional data of its species composition and distribution. Specimens of six collecting numbers (three of native and three of cultivated species) were collected, studied and housed at the herbarium (HNU) of the Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University. Due to the lacking of branchlets bearing leaves and flowers of collected specimen P 7660 is named as Bombax cf. cambodiense Pierre, new occurrence for the flora. Bombax anceps Pierre for the first time was seen and taken photos in northwestern Son La Province, far from the main locations in the south. Morphological characters mainly of abaxial face calyx, petals, stamens and pistil of cultivated Bombax ceiba L. are illustrated. The occurrence of Bombax insigne Wall. is not confirmed by herbarium specimens. Comparaison of main morphological characteristics of studied Bombax taxa are presented.

Keywords: Flora of Vietnam, the genus Bombax L., Bombax cf. cambodiense Pierre, Bombax anceps Pierre, Bombax ceiba L., Bombax insigne Wall.


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