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(family Anacardiaceae)

A genus of trees that have simple leaves. The fruit is a kidney-shaped nut with a resinous, irritant pericarp surmounting a swollen, fleshy, edible peduncle. A. occidentale (cashew nut) is a bushy tree, extensively cultivated. There are 8 species, of neotropical distribution.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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