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Shaving brush tree


Scientific name: Pseudobombax ellipticum

Family: Malvaceae

Origin: C America

Medicinal use: Pseudobombax ellipticum is a phanerogamic species in the family Malvaceae, subfamily Bombacoideae. This peculiar tree has pink and white flowers, 15 to 30 m. high and up to 1.5 in diameter. The flowers and bark are used in traditional medicine, its seeds contain an oil that is used for lighting purposes and for making soap.

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