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Torreya


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(family Taxaceae)

A genus of conifers which differs from Taxus in its ovules, which develop into plum-like, hard seeds with a green, purple-striped aril, and its stiff, spine-tipped leaves. T. californica (nutmeg tree) is cultivated as an ornamental. There are 5 species, occurring in the USA, China, and Japan.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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