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Kapok in Kakadu

Kapok in Kakadu
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Copyright: Carl Santilli (santers1) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 26] (114)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS-DX, Hoya 67mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-04 4:15
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Points: 4
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Kapok Tree
(Cochlospermum fraseri. Family Cochlospermaceae)

In Australia there are two true native Kapoks. There is one that is common in Kakadu National Park and is called Cochlospermum fraseri. The other is the native Silk Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba) is also sometimes known as Red Kapok, although this has red, rather than yellow flowers.

The Kapok loses all its leaves before flowering, which makes the flowering more obvious. After the yellow flowers are pollinated, large, globular, green, papery fruit develop, which eventually turn brown and split along the seams to release their seed.

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Hello Carl,
Very interesting, the original plant. Great photo of the flowers, buds and fruits.

nice pov, sharpness and the BG, In all,Excellent composition,
keep sharing. regards,

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