Aleurites


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Aleurites

 

a genus of deciduous trees of the family Euphor-biaceae. The alternate leaves are entire or three- to five-lobed. The flowers are unisexual and have a five-petaled corolla. The fruit is drupaceous and reaches 6 cm in diameter. The seeds are large, measuring 2–3 cm in length, and, in most species, are poisonous. There are five species (according to other data, as many as 15), found on Pacific islands and in tropical and subtropical regions of South and East Asia. The seeds contain a large quantity of rapidly drying high-quality oil. The best tung oil is obtained from seeds of the tung tree A. fordii, which is native to China and cultivated in many warm countries. Valuable industrial oils are also obtained from the species A. montana, A. moluccana, A. cordata, and A. trisperma. A. fordii and A. cordata are cultivated in the USSR, in Transcaucasia.

REFERENCES

Siniagin, 1.1. Tropicheskoe zemledelie. Moscow, 1968.
Zhukovskii, P. M. Kul’turnye rasteniia i ikh sorodichi, 3rd ed. Leningrad, 1971.
Mudzhiri, I. P. Kul’tura tunga i kompleksnoe ispol’zovanie egoplodov. Tbilisi, 1973.

V. N. GLADKOVA

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Table - 6 Prices of spices in Jakarta, July 1998 Spices Rp/kilogram Nutmeg 30,000 Cloves 8,000 Samiloto leaf 2,000 Ginger 5,000 Cinnamon 4,000 Aleurites moluccana 10,000 White pepper 100,000 Lemongrass 35,000 Curcuma 1,500
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In the Hawaiian Islands, the Kahana, O'ahu, shell date (Beta-6968) of 540 BC-AD 1, associated with Aleurites nut fragments and other Polynesian introductions, came from mixed marine and terrigenous sediments (Beggerly 1990).