Chorisia speciosa (Bombacaceae) 

 

Chorisia speciosa, the chorisia or silk floss tree, is a native of South America which loses it leaves and bears beautiful, large, single flowers in the winter (December-March).  There are different shades of purple, pink and white.  The bright green trunk is extremely spiny and attractive.

Chorisia speciosa flower

 

Chorisia speciosa trunk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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