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You might have spent last night sleeping on a tree! #WED2011

So what has a tree done for me lately? AFRICA Silk Cotton Tree You might have spent last night sleeping on a tree! Did you know that many pillows are filled with kapok-fibres from the Silk Cotton tree? The fruit of the tree contains a white floss, called kapok , and the fibres of kapok are mainly used as filling, especially for our pillows. Fire proof pillow? The Silk Cotton tree is a fire resistant tree of the savannas and dry woodlands from Senegal to central Africa, from Guinea across Ghana and Nigeria to southern Chad. It is considered fire resistant because of its tuberous roots that act as water and sugar storage facilities during long African drought periods in dry regions. Don’t count on your pillow surviving a fire, although soaking it with enough drool should do the trick. Hard to imagine something so hard in its natural form providing that comfy, soft pillow you...

Full article: http://www.unep.org/wed/tree-a-day/silk-cotton-tree.asp

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