This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, club-fruit, alluding to the shape). Anacardiaceae; by Engler made the sole representative of Corynocarpaceae. A very few New Zeal, and Polynesian evergreen trees, one of which is introduced in Calif. Glabrous: leaves large, alternate, simple and entire, without stipules: flowers perfect, small, whitish green, inodorous, in terminal or subterminal panicles; calyx-lobes petal-like, unequal, 2 exterior smaller; petals much like the calyx-lobes; stamens 5, opposite the petals and shorter; staminodia 5, petal-like: fruit drupaceous, narrowly ovoid, 1-seeded, the pulp said to be edible; seed very bitter, poisonous. C. laevigata, Forst. New Zealand Laurel. Attractive leafy tree, 30-40 ft., the trunk sometimes more than 2 ft. diam.: leaves to 8 in. long, elliptic-oblong or oblong-ovate, with a short stout petiole, margins slightly recurved, suggesting those of Magnolia grandiflora: flowers very small, greenish or whitish, short-pedicelled, in a terminal branched panicle; petals concave, little exceeding the calyx-lobes: drupe 1 1/2 in. or less long, orange-colored, fleshy, plum-like. N. Zeal., in lowlands not far from the sea. B.M. 4379. - C. similis, Hemsl., and C. dis-similis, Hemsl., from New Hebrides and New Caledonia respectively, are not fisted among cultivated plants. l.