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Giant buttress tree roots in Costa Rica 31 May 2017

Posted on 31 May 2017
Giant buttress tree roots in Costa Rica
Giant buttress tree roots in Costa Rica
Giant buttress tree roots in Costa Rica

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The Kapok tree, celiba pentandra, is a tropical tree that can be seen growing in any country with a tropical climate. They are a typical scene in Costa Rica's rainforest, with their giant buttress roots extending 12–15 metres up the stem and 50 metres out from the trunk, up to 20 metres above ground and 30 metres below. The buttress roots help stabilise the tall species which can reach 70 metres high. Hike through Costa Rica's rainforest to spot the Kapok trees on Insight Guides' Costa Rica's Wild South trip.

This article was originally published on 29th September, 2015

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