This native to South America produces large pink and white, five-petaled flowers that usually bloom in late fall or early winter when the rest of the tree is nearly bare. The resulting fruit is pear shaped and filled with seeds and silky white floss. The floss was at one time used to stuff pillows. In addition to these two conspicious features the trunk of young trees is green in color and the base of the trunk is covered by many large spines which become less prominent as the tree grows larger.
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