- n Stenocarpus small genus of timber trees; Australia to Malaysia
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n stenocarpus A genus of apetalous trees, of the order Proteaceæ and tribe Embothrieæ. It is characterized by umbellate flowers, and numerous ovules downwardly imbricated and ripening into seeds which are winged below. There are 14 species, 11 of which are natives of New Caledonia and 3 of Australia. They are trees with alternate or scattered leaves, which are entire or deeply divided into a few pinnate segments, and mostly yellow or red flowers with a somewhat irregular perianth-tube and a nearly globular recurved and at length divided border, disposed in terminal or axillary umbels which are solitary or clustered in a short raceme or a compound umbel, and are followed by coriaceous stalked follicles. S. sinuatus is known in Queensland as tulip-tree and fire-tree. S. salignus, native of the same regions, is known as beefwood, silky oak, and meleyn.