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Useful Tropical Plants

Cochlospermum fraseri

Planch.

Bixaceae

+ Synonyms

Cochlospermum heteroneurum F.Muell.

Maximilianea fraseri (Planch.) Kuntze

Maximilianea heteroneura (F.Muell.) Kuntze

Common Name: Kapok Bush

Cochlospermum fraseri
Tree growing at the Nong Nooch Botanical Garden. Pattaya.
Photograph by: Pescov
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General Information

Kapok bush is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing 1 - 6 metres tall[
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Title
Florabase
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Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
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An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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It is sometimes gathered from the wild as a food for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Florabase
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Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
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Year
0
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Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants

Range

Australia - Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory.

Habitat

Found in a variety of habitats[
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Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires a dry, well drained soil in a sunny position[
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Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
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Edible Uses

Roots of young trees - cooked[
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Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
].

Flowers - raw or cooked[
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Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
]. A lovely flavour, they go well in salads, cakes and rice[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as ripe, it can take up to 3 months to germinate[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
]. Plants quickly produce a deep taproot and so the seedlings need to be transferred to deep pots as soon as they are large enough to handle.
Cuttings of leafy shoots[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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