Red Silk-Cotton (Bombax Ceiba)
This lofty tree is much celebrated in classical poetry for its spread of large opulent purplish red flower when in bloom. It is a forest tree and has an all India distribution and is especially common in the riverside forests of North India. Many birds, monkeys and squirrels are drawn by the nectar within its thick-petalled flowers. The wood, softy and pale, is a useful softwood. Silk-cotton, not of the best sort but of fair quality, is got from fruit.