info pls:OIL TREES

Tue Jun 7 16:53:53 EST 1994

>   Does anyone know about any recent developments in the "Oil Tree" story?
>   I just finished watching the Smithsonian's "Invention" video series.
>      One inventor was trying to develop commercial farming of a
>      "Chinese Tawa (..or Towa) Tree"  --- this tree's seeds have
>      highly combustible fuel oil. A famous Weston, Conn. inventor,
>      Stan Mason, was shown lighting up a seed which soon burst into
>      two stages of flame --- lo, then high energy.

I immagine that a forest of these trees at harvest time might
pose a considerable fire hazard ?!

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