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Balsa Tree Currently illegal balsa smuggling is causing problems in Colombia and Ecuador with prices for balsa trees having gone up by a factor of approximately 800% from about US$ 5 to about US$ 45 per tree - Demand has grown massively, fuelled by the growth of its use on wind farms and illegally smuggled balsa has been found on wind farms in China and the USA (here exacerbated by the current subsidies available for the installation of wind farms). Balsa Wood,Balsa tree,Cerro Montezuma,Ochroma,Ochroma pyramidale,Tatama National Park Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Balsa Tree

Currently illegal balsa smuggling is causing problems in Colombia and Ecuador with prices for balsa trees having gone up by a factor of approximately 800% from about US$ 5 to about US$ 45 per tree - Demand has grown massively, fuelled by the growth of its use on wind farms and illegally smuggled balsa has been found on wind farms in China and the USA (here exacerbated by the current subsidies available for the installation of wind farms).

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''Ochroma pyramidale'', commonly known as the balsa tree, is a large, fast-growing tree native to the Americas. It is the sole member of the genus ''Ochroma''. The name ''balsa'' comes from the Spanish word for "raft."

Similar species: Malvales
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Uploaded Jan 13, 2022. Captured Aug 8, 2019 22:49.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/4.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO4000
  • 144mm