Cochlospermum religiosum (Ganeri, Yellow Silk Cotton Tree)

Taxonomy

Kingdom:
Plantae
Division:
Angiospermae
Class:
Magnoliopsida
Order:
Malvales
Family:
Bixaceae
Genus:
Cochlospermum
Species :
C. religiosum
Height:
30 - 40 Feet
Leaf Size:
6 - 20 cm
Leaf Type:
Palmate

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

Requirement

Soil: Well-drained

Sunlight: -

Utility

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

Fruit: -

Importance

Religious: -

Cultural: -