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macadamia, macadamia tree(noun)
any tree of the genus Macadamia
an evergreen tree, of the genus Macadamia, native to Australia and cultivated in Hawaii
the fruit of this tree; the macadamia nut
Macadamia is a genus of four species of trees constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae, native to north eastern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland, Australia. Previously more species, with disjunct distributions, were named within this genus Macadamia. Morphological studies and more recently genetics studies published in 2008 by Austin Mast and colleagues, show they have separated from this genus Macadamia, correlating less closely than thought from earlier morphological studies. The species previously named in this Macadamia genus may still be referred to overall by the non-scientific descriptive name of Macadamia, with their disjunct distributions including: ⁕New Caledonia endemic genus Virotia one species then six species ⁕North eastern Queensland, Australian endemic genus and species Catalepidia heyana ⁕North eastern Queensland and Cape York Peninsula, Australia, three species of Lasjia; in Australia still informally described as northern Macadamias ⁕Sulawesi, Indonesia, two species of Lasjia, L. hildebrandii and L. erecta They are small to large evergreen trees growing to 2–12 m tall. The leaves are arranged in whorls of three to six, lanceolate to obovate or elliptical in shape, 6–30 cm long and 2–13 cm broad, with an entire or spiny-serrated margin. The flowers are produced in a long, slender, simple raceme 5–30 cm long, the individual flowers 10–15 mm long, white to pink or purple, with four tepals. The fruit is a very hard, woody, globose follicle with a pointed apex, containing one or two seeds.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A plant genus of the family PROTEACEAE that is the source of edible NUTS.
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