Cochlospermum religiosum

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Name and publication()

Cochlospermum religiosum (L.) Alston in Trimen, Handb. Fl. Ceylon 6: 14 (1931).

Description()

Sections of the capsules of the silk-cottontree are known as “melon pods” in the potpourri trade. While this septicidal capsule has five locules, they usually break apart when used in potpourri and are 6-10 cm long x 2-4 cm wide.

Nativity and distribution()

Cochlospermum religiosum is native to India and Myanmar. The tree yields bassora gum, a substitute for gum tragacanth.

Family()

Bixaceae, also placed in Cochlospermaceae