Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Plants of Interest-Cashew nut, Anacardium occidentale-Photos

Also known as: cashew apple

Botanical name: Anacardium occidentale

Family: Anacardiaceae

Description: This spreading evergreen tree grows 12-15 metres tall and has low twisting branches. Edible nuts hang from fleshy false ‘fruit'. There is an irritant oil in nutshell.

view large image of this plant
view plant collected by Sloane
read an extract from Sloane's Natural History