Coastal Bend Nature Challenge: Discovery of the Kapok Tree at the Botanical Gardens

*Joey and William will be guests here on the blog as they document our Nature Challenge journey for 2016.

The Challenge:  Describe the unusual bark on the trunk of the Kapok tree and tell how this part of the tree was utilized for water rescue for people traveling by sea.

J: We went to look at the Kapok tree.  It had lots of spikes on its trunk.  We looked it up and the reason it has spikes on it is because that helps it protect its trunk.october-2016-019_1_1

W:  People use the trunk of the tree to make canoes.  The white fluffy seed covering is buoyant (which means it floats in water) and it’s water resistant so it can be used in flotation devices like life jackets.october-2016-020_2_1 october-2016-026_3_1

J:  So the white fluffy seed covering can be used to rescue people traveling by sea.

W:  It’s a really neat tree.october-2016-027_4_1 october-2016-029_6_1

J:  Although you could also rescue dogs with it.

W:  We all drew a picture of it and had our picture taken with it.  october-2016-028_5_1 october-2016-030_7_1 october-2016-032_8_1

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