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  1. Caesalpinia, genus Caesalpinia(noun)

    small spiny tropical trees or shrubs; includes the small genus or subgenus Poinciana

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  1. Caesalpinia

    Caesalpinia is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae. Membership within the genus is controversial, with different publications including anywhere from 70 to 165 species, depending largely on the inclusion or exclusion of species alternately listed under genera such as Hoffmannseggia. It contains tropical or subtropical woody plants. The generic name honors the botanist, physician and philosopher Andrea Cesalpino. The name Caesalpinaceae at family level, or Caesalpinioideae at the level of subfamily, is based on this generic name.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Caesalpinia

    A plant genus of the family FABACEAE. The common name of "Bird-Of-Paradise" is also used for other plants such as Heliconia (HELICONIACEAE) and Strelitzia (STRELITZIACEAE) and some birds. The common name of "Cat's-Claw" is more often used with UNCARIA. The common name of "Pernambuco" also refers to a state in Brazil. Furanoditerpenoid lactones and caesalpin are produced by members of this genus.

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