balsa propagations

John Skillman jbs11 at
Tue Feb 11 22:05:52 EST 1997

I've never watched a balsa (Ochroma spp) seed germinate but when the 
seeds are released they are everywhere--wind dispersed like milkweed or 
cottenwood.  Saplings and mature trees of this fast growing early 
succesional species are very common in disturbed sites in the 
neotropics.  I am told that balsa is cultivated around the world in 
tropical regions--big balsa airplane market I guess!  

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