Commonly known as the Cotton Tree because the capsules containing seeds have a fluffy cotton-like substance. It is a flowering plant from the Indian Subcontinent. The name religiosum derives from the fact that the flowers are used as temple offerings.
Native Area: West and South India
Medicinal: The gum of the tree is used in the treatment of cough. It is also said to contain a sedative property
Flowers: Silky cotton is said to induce sleep when stuffed into pillows