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Red silk cotton tree (Bombax ceiba)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Datasheet

Description
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Common names 
Bombax, kapokier indien, red silk cotton tree, Indian kapok
Synonyms 
Bombax malabaricum DC., Salmalia malabarica (DC.) Schott & Endl., Gossampinus malabaricus (DC.) Merr.
Related feed(s) 
Description 
A tree cultivated for the fine lustrous material (kapok) obtained from the seed hairs. The flowers are collected for human consumption. The leaves are 5-8 cm long and felted with star-shaped hairs.
Distribution 
Native to India.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
The leaves are lopped together with the twigs for fodder.
Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 

Avg: average or predicted value; SD: standard deviation; Min: minimum value; Max: maximum value; Nb: number of values (samples) used

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 28.2 1
Crude protein % DM 12.6 1
Crude fibre % DM 22.3 1
Ether extract % DM 6.4 1
Ash % DM 9.3 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.6 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 27.0 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 1.9 1

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Sharma et al., 1966

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:54

References
Datasheet citation 

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