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Plant Species of the genus Aleurites

Information about this genus
Name: Aleurites
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: All species do best in climates with long humid summers. They thrive in deep fertile soils, making very rapid growth for the first 5 to 10 years, but will still grow well in much poorer soils. The deciduous species tolerate moderate winter frosts. Propagate from fresh seed in autumn (germination is sometimes slow), or from hardwood cuttings for the deciduous species.
Description: Of the 5 species in this Asian-Australasian genus of the euphorbia family, at least 3 are economically important for the oils obtained from their large seeds. The genus includes evergreen species from tropical Asia and Australasia, and deciduous species from East Asia. They are medium-sized to large trees with a straight central trunk and tiered branches. The leaves are large and heart-shaped, or sometimes lobed (at least on young saplings). The flowers are more or less funnel-shaped with 5 white or cream petals, appearing in large clusters at the branch tips. The fruits are globular with a husk similar to that of a walnut, enclosing 2 to 5 large nut-like seeds, which may cause violent vomiting if eaten. The deciduous species, which include the tung-oil and mu-oil trees, have been treated by some botanists as a distinct genus, Vernicia.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Aleurites cordata 10?12
Aleurites fordii 8-11
Aleurites moluccana 10-12
Aleurites montana 9-12

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