portia tree

noun, sometimes capitalized P
por·​tia tree | \ ˈpōrshə- \

Definition of portia tree

: a tropical tree (Thespesia populnea) that is closely related to the majaguas, has rounded cordate leaves and showy yellow and purple flowers, yields a valuable pinkish to dark red close-textured wood resistant to warping and an oil from its seeds, and is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental

called also bendy tree, seaside mahoe, tulip tree

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History and Etymology for portia tree

Tamil puraśu

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“Portia tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portia%20tree. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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