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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Hura (South American name). Eupharbiaceae. Trees, cultivated in the tropics and sometimes in greenhouses as curious or ornamental plants.

Leaves simple, alternate, broad, petioled, hairy: fls. monoecious, apetalous; staminate calyx cupulate, truncate or denticulate; stamens generally numerous, in 2-3 whorls; style long, with flat, radiate stigma; ovules 1 to each of the 5-20 cells: fr. large, flat.—Two species of Trop. Amer.

The sandbox tree, H. crepitans, is noted for its explosive capsules which, when ripe, throw the seed many feet with a loud noise. The large poplar-like leaves on long petioles give it quite an ornamental aspect, and it is often planted in the tropics of both hemispheres. It may be grown in Florida and California. The abundant milky juice is poisonous. The tree is suited to light loam soil and is propagated by cuttings in sand with heat, under glass.

Hura crepitans, Linn. Sandbox Tree. Monkey Dinner- Bell. Fig. 1923. A tree up to 100 ft. high: lvs. broad- ovate, cordate, acuminate, distantly repand-dentate: fls. small, reddish: caps. 3 in. wide, 1 ½ in. thick, deeply many-ribbed. Trop. Amer. Lyon Horticole, 1907:125.

J. B. S. Norton.

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