Candlenut (aleurites triloba), a tree of the family euphorbiacem. Flowers showy, in thyrsi; fruit a nut about two inches in diameter. It is 20 to 30 ft. high, wide-spreading, the leaf trilobed or near the ends of the branches, entire, of a light green color. The wood is soft and easily worked. The inner nut has a very hard shell, within which the meat is often preserved for many years; it is good eating, but rather rich; the oil is easily expressed, and is imported into England for candle making. As a drying oil it ranks among the best, and commands about the same price as sesame or rape oil. The tree is cultivated or grows wild throughout the Pacific islands, India, Japan, and S. E. Asia. The Havvaiians string the kernels of the nuts on slender strips of bamboo, and light them as candles; they burn well and clearly, with a peculiar but pleasant odor.

Candlenut   Leaves and Flowers.

Candlenut - Leaves and Flowers.