Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of South American trees of the order Myrtaceæ, tribe Lecythideæ. It is distinguished by the woody and operculate subglobose fruit, and the thick and fleshy entire embryo. About 65 species are known, trees of large size, 80 feet or more in height. The Sapucaia-nuts of the market are the seeds of L. Zabucajo, those of L. Ollaria being sometimes called by the same name. The seed-vessels of several species are known as monkey-pots, and are sometimes used in turnery. The thin layers of the bark of L. Ollaria are used by the Indians, under the name of kakarali, as wrappers for cigarettes. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of gigantic trees, chiefly Brazilian, of the order Myrtaceæ, having woody capsules opening by an apical lid. Lecythis Zabucajo yields the delicious sapucaia nuts. Lecythis Ollaria produces the monkey-pots, its capsules. Its bark separates into thin sheets, like paper, used by the natives for cigarette wrappers.
“The almendro (Dipteryx panamensis) and the monkey pot tree (Lecythis ampla) are two outstanding and rapidly disappearing canopy emergents, which are regional endemics of the lowlands, below 250 m.”
“Dr. Scott Mori holding fruits of the '' sapucaia '' ( '' Lecythis '' '' pisonis ''), a member of the Brazil nut family.”
“Dispersed in the grasslands are trees of Crecentia cujete, Ceiba pentandra, Lecythis minor, Ochroma pyramidale, Prosopis juliflora, Cavanillesia platanifolia and palms trees of Sabal mauritiiformis, Acrocomia aculeate, Attalea butyracea and several Bactris spp.”
“Prominent tree species include Lecythis odora, Lecythis turbinata, brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa, rare in this area), Cenostigma tocantina, Bombax tocantinum, and the large liana Bauhinia bombaciflora.”
“Emergent and canopy layers are rich in tree species of Leguminosae (Parkia pendula), Sapotaceae (Manilkara salzmanii) and Lecythidaceae (Lecythis pisonis).”
“As an example of adaptations for pollination and dispersal, the pollination and dispersal systems of the sapucaia (Lecythis pisonis), a species native to eastern Amazonian Brazil and Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, are described.”
“The bilaterally symmetrical flower of Lecythis pisonis.”
“The emergent and canopy layers are rich in tree species of Leguminosae (Dalbergia nigra, Caesalphinia echinata), Sapotaceae (Manilkara longifolia), Lecythidaceae (Lecythis lurida) and Chrysobalanaceae (Licania micrantha).”
“… I counted no fewer than fourteen species of Lecythis in flower, and all but one new to me!”
“Buds have also been produced artificially on the surface of some of the fruits in the construction of which the axis is supposed to share; thus, the unripe fruits of some species of _Lecythis_ were stated by Von”
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