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Calvaria tree

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Tue Feb 27 23:49:38 EST 1996

Does anyone know the scientific name or a good reference on the Calvaria 
tree from the Isle of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean? 

The text, Biology: Life on Earth, by Audesirk and Audesirk mentioned that
it is endangered because its hard seed coats had to be worn away by the
dodo bird gizzard before they would germinate. Of course, the dodo was 
made extinct about 1681 so only 300-plus year old Calvaria trees exist in 

David R. Hershey
Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1398

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Department
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at pgstumail.pg.cc.md.us

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