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Cochlospermum gillivraei, Kapok

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 Cochlospermum gillivraei
Family: Cochlospermaceae
Kapok
Origin: North Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

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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