Cochlospermum gillivraei, Kapok

Cochlospermum gillivraei

Family: Cochlospermaceae
Origin: North Australia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersDeciduous plantEthnomedical plant.
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Cochlospermum gillivraei is a small tree, 3 to 12 metres in height, which is deciduous in the dry season. The bright yellow flowers appear before the new leaves. Seeds are borne in egg-shaped capsules,about 8 cm long, which split open when ripe to release black seeds embedded in a cotton-like fibre.

In cultivation the plant needs well drained soils and a sunny position.

Kapok may be propagated from seed.

Similar species -Cochlospermum vitifolium

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Cochlospermum gillivraei, Kapok

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