Kapok: Fibers that make seeds fly

Kapok or Ceiba pentandra is a large, green stemed tree that produces small black seeds which are able to fly away and conquer the world. The seeds are surrounded by a bunch of white fibers which are blown by the wind all over the area. In the old days the white cotton-like fibers were used to stuff cushions or teddy.bears. But since Kapok is highly inflammable it is not used for such purposes any longer.