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Red Silk Cotton

  
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Noticeable Features

  1. A very geometrical tree having a preference for five 5 leaflets; 5 petals; 5 whorled branches
  2. Bright red shining flowers
  3. Trunk of young tree with a large number of conical prickles
Fact File
Distribution in India (wild) Widespread, not found at very high altitudes
Type Very large deciduous tree
Peak flowering season Late winter
Flower Large, fleshy petaled flowers with a large number of stamens
Fruit Woody Capsule dehiscing to shower seeds encapsulated in a mass of silky hair
Leaves Palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets
Bark Ashy brown, covered with conical prickles when young, develops vertical fissures when old; very old trees are buttressed
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