Cotton Tree

A few years ago I purchased a lovely wooden rocking chair with a leather seat. I bought it for ten or fifteen dollars at a yard sale. My daughter JennyAnyDots reupholstered it for me. When I asked her to do that. I just thought she would sew a new cover for the cracked leather cushion embedded in the seat and be done. But she’s a more thorough worker than that. She pulled out the seat and took it apart, discovering a label which informed us the chair was around a hundred years old, and was stuffed with something called Kopok in the Philippines.

This is also called a cotton tree, and we pass one on our way to church. Apologies for the picture quality, it’s hard to adjust my light settings properly in the tropical sun where I can hardly see my screen anyway, and I’m usually taking this shot from a moving cab.  The pods are huge, at least as long as my hand. I first thought they were something like papayas, which was very silly. I’ve seen seen a papaya tree, and they look nothing like this.  Anyway. The tree is also huge, towering over the neighborhood.  I have seen a granny who lives in the shanty beneath this partcularly tree stuffing pillows with the cotton fluff.

Taken from the cab, and next to me were two people on motorcycles. I just caught the top of their helmets.


If you look closely you can see the pods where the cotton fluff has erupted.

26 page PDF tree on trees cultivated in Southeast Asia:

Kopok Tree

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  1. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted January 14, 2018 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Neat! I enjoyed the pdf of the trees–I love trees. I think I’d like a kopok mattress topper!

  2. Jan
    Posted January 15, 2018 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Known as kApok in Australia. Dreadful stuff to actaually use. I remember in50s making a dozen pillows from an old mattress. Mum insisted I do it outside. When finished, our backyard was full of fluffy little bits. As was my nose.

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