carrotwood

noun car·rot·wood \ ˈker-ət-ˌwu̇d , ˈka-rət- \

Definition of carrotwood

plural carrotwoods
: an evergreen Australian tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides of the family Sapindaceae) having large compound leaves, white to greenish-yellow flowers in axillary racemes, and a fruit that is a woody 3-lobed capsule becoming yellowish-orange when ripe
  • Carrotwood has become a problem in South Florida because of excess seedling production and is considered a pest tree.
  • —Robert Haehle, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)22 Sept. 2006
  • In Southern California, carrotwood grows rapidly to a height and girth of 30 feet in a variety of soil types and endures both drought and overwatering without complaint.
  • —Josh SiskinDaily News of Los Angeles6 Sept. 2008
called also Australiatuckeroo

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Origin and Etymology of carrotwood

so called from the color of the fruit


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