"They too sat just in front of the huge circle of spectators, facing the elders. Behind them was the big and ancient silk-cotton tree which was sacred."
Bombax ceiba
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBombax ceiba - Credit: J.M. Garg

Bombax ceiba, or the silk-cotton tree, is a tree found in parts of Asia and Africa with warmer climates (e.g. Malaysia and India) and is renowned for its beautiful red blooms that show in March or April. The wood of the silk-cotton tree is very soft. The trees have a stout trunk with spikes to deter attacks and can grow to be up to 60 meters in height (185 feet).