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Characteristics: Shrub or small tree to 3-6 m
Seeds per packet: 12
The Kapok loses all its large-lobed leaves before flowering, which makes the flowering more obvious with showy yellow flowers 6-8cm across that occur in loose heads on short stalks in spring.
The flowers are followed by egg-shaped capsules, 6-10 cm long, containing seeds.
The flowers are edible raw and are quite pleasant, although more than 90% water, they are surprisingly high in Vitamin C
Endemic to the top end of Australia.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Prefers a light to medium soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 20-25°C for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.