These amazingly eye catching trees are unique to our area in Manabí .
The Ceibo (SAY-bo) tree only has leaves during the rainy season – around late December to April. They are drought deciduous trees and have green photosynthetic bark that contain chlorophyll to cope throughout the year with no rain.
Due to the fragile and life sustaining nature of the bark, while a Ceibo tree is young it has spikes all over its trunk. As it ages the spikes slowly recede.
The tree blooms a lovely furry flower which then turns into a seed pod surrounded by Kapok. Kapok is fluff used to carry seeds over distances. It is super soft yet has water resistant and buoyant qualities due to a waxy coating on the silky fluff. In the past it was harvested for making life preservers as well as pillows, beds and much more. Currently it is only harvested in small amounts locally for making pillows and a few other items.