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Loggers cut down a samauma tree ( Ceiba pentandra ), also known as mafumeira tree. The indigenous people of the Amazon consider it the "mother of trees", its tubular roots are also called sapopembas, which at certain times burst, irrigating the entire area around it. It is known as the "Tree of Life" or the "stairway to heaven", its beautiful and majestic diameter, together with the sapopembas (roots), often form true compartments, transformed into homes by indigenous people and caboclos. Its height, size and beauty stand out in the immensity of the Amazon flora.