Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Porto Rico, Coccolobis rugosa, a tree with very large wrinkled leaves and purple flowers which form spikes a yard long. It is one of the most important trees of the island, and its heart-wood, which is purplish, hard, and heavy, is used for cabinet work.
“The most beautiful flower on the island is the ortegon, which has purple blossoms a yard long.”
“Still another tree, the ortegon, whose flowers are purple spikes a yard long, and whose wood is used for timber, is common on the high lands near the coast.”
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