6 responses to “Aleurites moluccanus”

  1. michael aman

    I enjoy looking for telltale similarities among plant cousins. In this euphorbia, I can see leaves very much like poinsettia. But the flowers? I will need to peer into the heart of the next poinsettia I see and really study the true flowers.

  2. Wendy Cutler

    That is the best photo of the fruits on the internet.

    I’ve seen these trees a lot, but I had no idea they belong to Euphorbiaceae. And I see one synonym is Jatropha moluccana, and I had no idea Jatropha was in the same family. Speaking of moluccana, A. moluccana is how I named my photos, not sure what reference I was using. It seems most of the photos have that species name while more of the articles have it as moluccanus. A sex change at some point? In Gardens of Hawaii (Neal, Marie C., Bishop Museum Press, 1965) uses moluccana.

  3. Albertine Ellis-Adam

    In Indonesian cuisine roasted ground nuts are used to thicken the sauce of a dish and add its umami flavour. Delicious.

    From a 17th century description in a VOC-report ( Dutch East India Company) I remember a mass of nuts ground to a paste shaped to a candle round a wick.

  4. Sheryl Marquez

    Folklore, proverbs, and poetry- wonderful!

  5. Lindsay Alexander

    In addition to all it’s other uses, the brown nut inside the green seed polishes to a beautiful sheen. It is used to make beautiful lei that last forever. (In Hawaiian, lei is used for both singular and plural; one lei, many lei).

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