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Physic Nut

Physic Nut, large shrub or small tree of the spurge family, native to tropical America. Also called the Barbados nut, the physic nut is sometimes planted as an ornamental in the southern United States. The plant grows to 4.5 m (15 ft), bearing roundish, lobed leaves up to 15 cm (6 in) wide and clusters of yellow flowers. The fruit, a small grayish nut, contains a white, edible kernel, which is the source of curcas oil. This oil is used in cooking, soap making, and as an illuminant.

"`Scientific classification:"` The physic

"`Scientific classification:"` The physic nut is a member of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is classified as "Jatropha curcas".

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