Scientific name: ceiba speciosa
popular names: pink paineira, paineia, paina tree, wool tree, among others.
Natural occurrence: in some states of Brazil, such as Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Goiás, among others.
Features: the paineira is an arboreal, deciduous, heliophyte species. Its bulged trunk with spikes is the outstanding feature of the species that has also become well known as “bellied”.
Usage: It is extremely ornamental when in full bloom, with great potential for landscaping. The paineira has great ecological importance when used as a shelter for monkeys and parakeets. From this species, oil can still be extracted from the seeds, which can be used for food and industrial purposes.