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Kapok oil

Bombacaceae Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Kapok oil is obtained from the seeds of the Kapok tree, which is a very large, deciduous tropical or semi-tropical tree, now grown in many tropical areas. The fruit is a pod, about 6 inches long and 2 in diameter, which is lined inside with hairs or lint - the kapok fiber of commerce, for which the tree is mainly grown. The seeds are free of lint, and are a byproduct of lint production. Seeds may be crushed for oil locally, or exported. The oil is suitable for the same purposes as cotton seed oil. The press cake and meal are used for cattle feed.

Last update June 31, 1996 by aw