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Cochlospermum fraseri (Yellow Kapok)

Cochlospermum fraseri is better known as the Yellow Kapok. It is named after Charles Fraser, Colonial Botanist and first superintendent of the Sydney Botanic Garden.  This tree can grow up to 6m and branches out. The bark is smooth and grey, leaves are light green and it has big yellow flowers. The seed is the shape of a kidney and on the inside you will find long cotton-like hairs. It likes to grow in clay/ sandstone soil  and is commonly found in the woodlands.

For some Kimberley Aboriginal people the Yellow Kapok is a calender plant and indicates, when flowering, that freshwater crocodiles are laying their eggs and can be collected. Also the cotton material from the seeds was formerly used for body decoration in ceremonies.


1. Lorraine woods - August 19, 2015

Do you have more specific information on the Kapok tree and the crocodile like when it first flowers the crocodile has been fertilised ,then when the flower falls the croc eggs are layed in the sand and when the fruit opens like cotton it’s time for the baby crocs to be pulled out of the sand by their mum. Do you have more accurate info like this .

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