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Brazil nut,

common name for the Lecythidaceae, a family of tropical trees. It includes the anchovy pear (Grias cauliflora), a West Indian species with edible fruit used for pickles, and several lumber trees of South America, e.g., the cannon-ball tree (Couroupita guianensis), some species of Barringtonia, and the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa). The latter is found chiefly in Brazil along the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, but extensive groves have also been planted in N Bolivia. The edible Brazil nuts grow clumped together in large, round, woody and extremely hard seed pods the size of a large grapefruit. The meat of the seed (the "nut") is very rich in oil. The Brazil nut family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lecythidales.

Brazil nut

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Bertholletia excelsa. A large broad-leafed evergreen tree of the order Lecythedales; an edible seed is produced by the tree fruit.

brazil nut

1. a tropical South American tree, Bertholletia excelsa, producing large globular capsules, each containing several closely packed triangular nuts: family Lecythidaceae
2. the nut of this tree, having an edible oily kernel and a woody shell
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Dispersao primaria de frutos de castanheira (Bertholletia excelsa Bonpl): importancia para o manejo e a conservacao da especie.
John J, Shahidi F (2010) Phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa).
In this study, the parcels 12 and 13 were the most similar showing the maximum floristic similarity on the basis of the Sorensen Index (78.3%), sharing 31 species in common; some of them: Aspidosperma carapanauba Pichon, Bertholletia excelsa, Bocageopsis multiflora (Mart.) R.E.
Ortiz, "Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa)" in Tapping the Green Market: Certification and Management of Non-Timber Forest Products, P Shanley, S.
Analises bioquimicas de calos formados de explantes foliares de castanha do Brasil (Bertholletia excelsa H.
Expression of a methionine-rich storage albumin from Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa H.B.K., Lecythidaceae) in transgenic bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris L., Fabaceae).
When I began my research, virtually nothing had been written about the biology of Bertholletia excelsa the Brazil nut species.