1, fruiting branch; 2, leaf of young tree; 3, fruit (longitudinal section); 4, "nut" (front view); 5, "nut" (side view); 6, "nut" (longitudinal section) (PROSEA)
Aleurites triloba Forst. CANDLENUT TREE. COUNTRY WALNUT. OTAHEITE WALNUT. Tropical Asia and Pacific Islands. This is a large tree cultivated in tropical countries for the sake of its nuts. It is native to the eastern islands of the Malayan Archipelago and of the Samoan group. In the Hawaiian Islands, it occurs in extensive forests. The kernels of the nut when dried and stuck on a reed are used by the Polynesians as a substitute for candles and as an article of food in New Georgia. When pressed they yield a large proportion of pure, palatable oil, also used as a drying oil for paint and known as walnut-oil and artist's-oil.