Gyrocarpus asiaticus Willd.
Gyrocarpus jacquinii Roxb.
Tree growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Mark Marathon
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Gyrocarpus americanus is a conspicuous deciduous tree with large leaves and winged fruits, growing up to 18 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its seeds and wood which are used locally.
The sap can cause blindness[
Dry lowland and lowland forest. Secondary grassland[
]. Evergreen forest and derived secondary forest, grassland with scattered trees; Euphorbia, Pandanus, Ficus association on isolated coralline outcrops; 15 - 510 metres in E. Africa[
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Prefers a well drained peat soil with some water and lots of sun[
The seeds are made into rosaries and necklaces[
The white wood is soft and light[
]. It is used for making toys and boxes[
]. It is preferred above all others in India for making catamarans[
]. The wood is used for firewood[
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