Leaves palmately compound.
Terminal buds and young shoots clothed in pale brown stellate and silky hairs.
Leaf bearing twigs stout, about 10 mm diameter and rather pithy.
Midrib usually raised on the upper surface of the leaflet blade. Leaflet blades about 12-18 x 3.5-5.5 cm.
Flowers usually produced when the tree is leafless. Flowers large.
Corolla about 6-8 cm long, densely stellate hairy outside, but almost glabrous inside.
Stamens fused to form a central column and also into groups +/- alternating with petals.
Capsules about 10 cm long, densely packed with large quantities of cream fibrous material which resembles cotton wool and surrounds the seed,
but is not really attached to the seed.
Cotyledons cordate, apex acuminate.
Root thickened, carrot-like (Daucus carota). At the tenth leaf stage: leaves palmate, leaflets about five, elliptic, apex acuminate, base attenuate; stipules triangular, papery.
Seed germination time 8 to 10 days.