Red Kapok Flowers, as Red as Fire

Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

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Kapok flowers blossom in Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Kapok is a kind of tropical tree found in southern China, and known to Chinese people as mumian, "cotton tree". People in Guangzhou have long been growing Kapok trees, using its cotton to make clothes and its flowers to make herbal tea.

People in Guangzhou dry kapok flowers to preserve them, believing that they are good for health when living in hot and humid places. In 1982, Kapok flowers were chosen as the official flower of Guangzhou.

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Flamboyant flowers grow on the kapok tree like a bunch of red clouds. [Photo/IC]

 

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Kapok flowers decorate the city of Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

 

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Kapok flowers cannot wait to stretch their petals to welcome spring in Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

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Fallen kapok flowers can be dried and preserved to make herbal tea. [Photo/IC]

 

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Kapok flowers on top of the tree create a unique scene in Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

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Kapok flowers blossom in Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, March 26, 2015. [Photo/IC]

 

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