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Candle Nut Tree (Aleurites rockinghamensis) | by jemasmith
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Candle Nut Tree (Aleurites rockinghamensis)

I took this picture at the Woodford Folk Festival in December, and it's been patiently waiting for me to do an ID on it, when quite by chance I came across a picture by Tatters of Aleurites rockinghamensis:

www.flickr.com/photos/tgerus/4109248950/

 

Clever Tatters managed to capture flowers AND fruit in the one picture. According to Tatters, early white settlers (and also Pacific islanders) used the fruit as candles, hence the common name.

With electricity wrecking our planet (& becoming more expensive!), this could be a handy tree to grow in the back yard.

 

Claims have also been made that the seeds of the plant can help in weight loss, to lower cholesterol, and for the treatment of great variety of conditions including arthritis, baldness, cellulite, constipation, hemorrhoids, to improve skin conditions, as an appetite suppressant, and as an aid to stop cravings for tobacco. See www.herbalsafety.utep.edu/facts.asp?ID=51

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Taken on December 30, 2009