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Laurelwood
Calophyllum calaba
Note: This Florida (USA) specimen may be a species introduced to Florida: Calophyllum inophyllum.



When found stranded on beaches, this seed has likely lost its thin, dried and crinkled outer covering of the mature fruit,
leaving a woody, smooth, brown to tan-colored seed.
Beached seeds often still have a tuft of fibers at the top of the seed, where it was once connected to the tree.

Calophyllum calaba, brasiliense, , antillanum, tacamahaca Calophyllum inophyllum originated in China,

Calophyllum sp., growing as an ornamental tree in south Florida,
showing its ripening fruit. Photo: Sophia Egretta

The woody nature of these seeds lend themselves to being
polished by hand sanding. Photo: Charles Mosolf



The following photos of Laurelwood seeds, fruit, and tree are ©"Ben"

   



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