Cochlospermum gillivraei Benth.
Bentham, G. (1863), Flora Australiensis 1: 106, Lectotype: "Queensland, Cook, Lizard Island, off the northeast coast, McGillivray (K, lectotype)"
Kapok Tree; Gillivray's Kapok Tree; Native Kapok; Kapok Bush; Buttercup Tree
Flowers about 7-10 cm diam., usually produced when the tree is leafless. Petals marked by pink-red spots and stripes on the inner surface. Staminal filaments red.
This tree flowers in the dry season when it is leafless. It adds a considerable amount of colour to an environment which is often bereft of colour or green leaves.
Bark material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).
Aboriginal usage: In the wet season, when excavation is easier, Aboriginal people dig up the roots of small plants of this species. They are baked in ashes and hammered to soften them before being consumed. Kenneally et al. (1995).