nNepheliuma genus of dicotyledonous trees of the family Sapindaceae that are native to Asia and Australia
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nnepheliumA genus of dicotyledonous trees of the polypetalous order Sapindaceæ and the tribe Sapindeæ known by the regular cup-shaped five-toothed calyx, indehiscent warty fruit, and long projecting stamens. There are about 20 species, mostly of the East Indies and Australia, some, yielding delicious fruits, of China and the Indian archipelago. They bear axillary and terminal panicles of many small flowers, alternate evergreen abruptly pinnate leaves of a beautiful pink when young, and roundish fruit with an areolated crust partly filled within by a sweet edible pulp inclosing the bitter shining seed. See dragon's-eye, longan, and rambutan. Compare lichi.