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White Silk Cotton

 
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Noticeable Features

  1. Tall tree with light crown; leafless for long
  2. White or dirty pink flowers in large clusters covering the canopy
  3. Old trees are buttressed
Fact File
Distribution in India (wild) Introduced from the Amazon, where it is one of the tallest trees. Has been naturalised and is common in south India
Type Large deciduous tree with whorled branches
Peak flowering season late spring
Flower 5 petaled dirty white coloured flowers in dense clusters
Fruit Green long capsule turning brown and wrinkled before splitting to expose the cotton in which are embedded the seeds
Leaves Palmate; 5 to 7 leaflets, pointed at the base and apex
Bark Green and bronze when young with short sharp prickles all along the trunk; dull grey when old
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