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Silk Cotton Tree

Not a great picture. But I was just happy to have identified the tree – thanks to Madras Ramblings

 I think this is the showy silk cotton tree – Fruit is a capsule reaching almost a foot in length by 2-2.5 inches in diameter,  filled with silky cotton and round seeds.

Flowering happens in Nov- Jan. This was taken on a hot summer day in March.  No leaves, no flowers when I took the photograph. Will replace it with a better one soon. For now, I am glad I could identify it.

Picture taken – Madhapur, Hyderabad.

Botanical name: Bombax insigne    Family: Bombacaceae (Silk Cotton Tree family)

flower (source –

Note ( April 7, 2011) – I hope the identification is correct.  The picture of the right was taken in March in South Delhi. Popularly known as the Kapok or the Semal tree.  They are a beautiful sight in full bloom