floss-silk tree

noun

: a thorny deciduous tree (Chorisia speciosa) of the family Bombacaceae that is native to Brazil and Argentina but often cultivated in warm regions for its large solitary pink flowers which appear while the tree is leafless and that is the chief source of vegetable silk

called also samohu

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“Floss-silk tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floss-silk%20tree. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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