nHeritierasmall genus of timber trees of eastern Asia, Australasia and tropical Africa that form large buttresses
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nheritieraA genus of dicotyledonous plants, belonging to the natural order Sterculiaceæ, tribe Sterculieæ. It is characterized by its small, reddish, imperfect, apetalous flowers, 5-toothed calyx, staminal column bearing 5 anthers, and fruit consisting of 5 indehiscent 1-seeded hard carpels. The genus consists of 4 or 5 species, handsome trees of considerable size, with entire alternate leaves, and flowers in axillary panicles, natives of the coasts of tropical Asia and Australia. H. Formes is the red mangrove or sunder tree of India. It produces a valuable dark wood, used in India for boats, bridges, and house-building. H. macrophylla of Burma is the looking-glass tree, a name that is also applied to the other species.