(L.) Willd., Sp. pl. 4(1):590. 1805 "moluccana"
Syn: Aleurites javanicus Gand Aleurites pentaphyllus Wall. ex Langeron
Aleurites remyi Sherff
Aleurites trilobus J. R. Forst. & G. Forst
Jatropha moluccana L. (basionym)
Tree planted in Delhi University campus is rare in Delhi. The seeds yield a drying oil Lumbang oil used in paints and varnishes, soap making and painting boats and craft. Wood used for tea boxes and paper pulp, batk for tanning. Candles shaped from paste of kernels used for illumination. The nut is often used cooked in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine, where it is called kemiri in Indonesian or buah keras in Malay. On the island of Java in Indonesia, it is used to make a thick sauce that is eaten with vegetables and rice. In the Philippines, the fruit and tree are traditionally known as Lumbang after which Lumban, a lakeshore town in Laguna is named.
Common names: candleberry, candlenut, candlenut-tree, Indian-walnut, lumbangtree, varnishtree
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