from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Malayan rice-paper plant. See rice-paper.


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  • Casuarina equisetifolia dominates communities on newer ash deposits and lava flows, behind beaches, and generally on thin soils, often with Pandanus tectorius, Syzygium dealatum, Hibiscus tiliaceus, and Scaevola taccada.

    Tongan tropical moist forests

  • In more exposed areas strand forest is dominated by coconut (Cocos nucifera), Calophyllum inophyllum, Argusia argentea, Cordia subcordata and an endemic pandanus subspecies (Pandanus tectorius cocosensis), with Scaevola taccada, Suriana maritime, and Hibiscus tiliaceus present as shrubs.

    Christmas and Cocos Islands tropical forests

  • Littoral vegetation is typical of that of many Pacific islands with Scaevola taccada, Pandanus tectorius, Barringtonia asiatica, Calophyllum inophyllum, Pisonia grandis, and coconut (Cocos nucifera) being the most common species.

    Samoan tropical moist forests

  • Scaevola taccada, Wollastonia biflora, Sophora tomentosa, and Clerodendrum inerme dominate areas near the shore.

    Fiji tropical dry forests

  • Moist forest is dominated by single or mixed species stands of Pisonia grandis up to 25 meters (m) high, Cordia subcordata, or Heliotrope (Tournefortia argentea) with areas of Scaevola taccada and Morinda citrifolia scrub, usually near forest edges.

    Western Polynesian tropical moist forests

  • Most forest species are common throughout the coastal Indo-Pacific and include Pisonia grandis, Calophyllum inophyllum, heliotrope (Tournefortia argentea), Pandanus tectorius, Cordia subcordata, Guettarda speciosa, and the shrubs Morinda citrifolia, Scaevola taccada, Suriana maritime, and Pemphis acidula.

    Central Polynesian tropical moist forests

  • The driest and lowest islands have an extremely simple flora, usually dominated by grass (Lepturus repens) and Tribulus cistoides or Portulaca lutea, sometimes with areas of T. argentea, P. acidula, and S. taccada scrub.

    Central Polynesian tropical moist forests

  • They usually have an outer shrubby fringe of Scaevola taccada.

    Palau tropical moist forests


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