• WordNet 3.6
    • n harpullia any of various tree of the genus Harpullia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harpullia A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous trees, belonging to the natural order Sapindaceæ and type of the tribe Harpullieæ of Radlkofer, distinguished from related genera by its two-valved capsule with loculicidal dehiscence. It embraces 6 species, natives of tropical Asia, Australia, and Madagascar. They are erect trees with alternate, odd-pinnate leaves, green flowers in racemes or panicles, and large red or orange-colored fruit. The Australian species have an economic importance, eitner as hardy ever-green shade-trees or for the quality of their wood. H. Hillii attains a height of 80 feet, and furnishes the tulip-wood of Queensland, which is valuable for fine cabinet-work. The Moreton bay tulip-wood, H. pendula, is equally valuable. H. cupanioides, the harpula of India, has long been in cultivation.
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