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Elephant Tree, or Jabily Operculicarya decaryi

FAMILY: Anacardiaceae (Cashew Family)

A deciduous tree that can reach up to 30 feet (9.1 meters), the jabily, or elephant tree, is in the cashew family. It is dioecious, which means there is a male and a female plant; both are needed to set fruit. The fruit is very small, about 0.1 inches (2.5 millimeters) in size. It can be propagated from seed, stem cuttings, and root cuttings.