One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree with fatty seeds from which vegetable tallow or other oils are extracted.
Several species and families, in particular the Chinese (or vegetable) tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum, family Euphorbiaceae), native to eastern Asia
- ‘The Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum (L.) Roxb.) is a nonnative, aggressive plant that has colonized coastal prairie and other habitats along the Gulf Coast as well as several forest types along the southeastern coastal plain.’
- ‘They identified live oak, sugarberry, and American elm as the most important native species, but with the invasive Chinese tallow tree also important.’
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