If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know how obssessed i have been lately about identifying the 'cotton pad' tree. I finally have - it is the White Silk Cotton Tree. For a while i thought it the same as the sausage tree - but then realised they were different - the sausages of the sausage tree are bigger, green and stay that way. The 'sausages' of the white silk cotton tree are smaller, become brown after a while and burst into little pads of cotton like substance. Take a look at the tree trunk in the picture on the right - it is an interesting green color.
I love to see the transformation - the cotton bursting out of the brown pods is such a wonderful sight to see.