Silk-cotton Tree

A large stout tree native to Cape York, Darwin and the Kimberley prefers to grow on the dry edges of watercourses.  The trunk is covered with cone-shaped prickles.  From July to September the tree produces red or orange flowers which soon fall to the ground.

You can roast the edible tap root.  The wood of the tree trunk was used to make canoes, whilst the inner bark was made into strong twine.

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