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Thespesia acutiloba is similar to Thespesia populnea except that leaves with three sharply-pointed lobes. Small drooping tree with yellow to orange Hibiscus-like flowers.
Known as Milo in Hawaii, this tree is often planted in front of Buddhist Temples.
Originally from the Old World, the Portia Tree was brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. The Tahitians considered it sacred and grew it near places of worship.
The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible. The timber is hard, termite-resistant, has an attractive grain and dark-red color, and is naturally oily so it can be highly polished. As the timber does not impart a flavor, it is often used to carve wooden food bowls and food utensils in Hawaii.
Other products extracted from the plant includes tannin, oil and gums (a dark red resin exudes from the bark). A fast growing shrub that grows into a small tree with spreading branches, it casts welcome shade and in Hawaii were planted near homes for this purpose. In India, they were planted to provide shade in coffee and tea plantations.
Has many traditional medicinal uses.
This tropical small tree demands a warm, frost-free climate and prefer moist, well-drained soil with full sun. Flowers change color from yellow to red with age within 1-2 days. Water freely during warmer months. Propagate from seed in spring or cutting in summer.
Thevetia ahouai is usually an evergreen shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall, though sometimes it becomes a small tree.
The species can be used as an ornamental, and have bright yellow flowers which give off a subtle scent.
When cut the leaves and bark exude a milky white sap which can cause irritation when coming in contact with the skin. Thevetia ahouai's fruit are 2-3 cm long to 3-5 cm wide with bright red color. Special caution must be taken with children and pets as they're highly toxic.
Tree from tropical America with shiny dark green leaves, white sap, and yellow, funnel shaped flowers. Fruit somewhat angular, smooth, with two large, oily seeds. All parts poisonous but can be medicinal for toothache, skin sores, and as a purgative, if used judiciously. The nuts growing on the tree planed in your yard supposedly bring good luck.