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Maclura tinctoria (L.) D. Don ex Steud. (=Chlorophora tinctoria (L.) Gaudich. ex Benth.); mora, fustic

Tree with milky sap and long spines, dioecious; leaves alternate, elliptic, base oblique, margin coarsely toothed, apex acuminate, sometimes deeply lobed; staminate flowers in axillary catkins; pistillate flowers in short-stalked globose clusters arising from the leaf axils, with elongate stigmas; fruit resembling the pistillate flower clusters, reputedly edible. (Image at left photographed in Merida.)

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Source of fustic, a commercial dye yielding yellow, green or brown colors; used in dying khaki.