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Silk Cotton

Silk-Cotton, the silky hairs covering the seeds of the tropical American species of Bombax, a genus of Sterculiaceae, an order related to the Malvaceae, to which cotton belongs. That from B. malabaricum is known in Holland as kapok. Java exports over 1,500,000 kilogrammes, 40 per cent. going to Holland, 35 per cent. to Australia, and 22 per cent. to Singapore. It is used for stuffing beds, pillows, etc.