Pisonia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pisonia genus of often thorny tropical trees and shrubs and some vines; mainly America
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pisonia A genus of trees and shrubs, of the order Nyctagineæ, type of the tribe Pisonieæ, characterized by the terminal stigma and six to ten exserted stamens. There are about 60 species, mainly of tropical America. They bear opposite or scattered oblong-ovate or lanceolate leaves, small diœcious rose, yellow, or greenish funnel-shaped flowers in panicled cymes, and a rigid or stony, rarely fleshy, elongated fruit (an anthocarp), often with rough and glutinous angles. Several species are trees cultivated for ornament. P. Brunoniana is the New Zealand para-para tree, a hardy evergreen; others are greenhouse shrubs with green flowers, as the flngrigo or cockspur, a rambling prickly bush of the West Indies with glutinous bur-like fruit, forming thickets. See beefwood, 2, corkwood, and loblolly-tree.
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Usage

In literature:

Pisonia Isle, from the soft white wood of the Pisonia tree found upon it.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
W., and Isle Pisonia from N. 223/4 deg.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
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