Sumaúma

Sumaúma (Ceiba pentandra) or Sumaúma-da-várzea, Sumaumeira, Árvore-da-seda, Àrvore-da-lã, Paina-lisa, Sumaúma-verdadeira is found in the Amazon biome. Up to 70 meters high in the forest, up to 7 meters in diameter, greyish-green skin. It is a sacred tree for the Amazon indigenous people, the biggest tree in the rainforest. It is known as “tree of Life” or the “ladder of heaven”, his bearing diameter attached to the beautiful and majestic “Sapopenbas” (roots), often true form compartments, transformed into homes by the Indians, mestizos and the hinterland. While overlooking the Amazon region, one is able to identify and capture their energy. Its height, size and beauty is the highlight in the vastness of the Amazon flora. It has a dried fruit and the round seed round about 6 mm in diameter, surrounded by some a plume called “paina” (as cotton) which is widely used industrially in buoys, mattresses and pillows, and as a thermal insulator. Seed extract is also an edible oil used for lighting and soap manufacturing. Flowering occurs between August and September, in clusters at the ends of branches, with the tree almost bare of foliage. The wood can be used, as it is light, soft but with low natural durability. Employed in the construction of boats, plywood core and production of wood pulp. The tea from Sumaúma is used as a diuretic, aphrodisiac, or medicine for headaches and to treat type II diabetes. The bark is also used as an additive to some versions of the entheogenic drink called Ayahuasca.