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dilo oil tree

(Calophyllum inophyllum), ornamental plant, of the family Clusiaceae, native from Madagascar to the Pacific, and cultivated as an ornamental for its handsome leathery, glossy foliage and fragrant white flowers. The plant often is grown near the ocean for its resistance to salt spray and its leaning habit. The multibranched, often gracefully crooked tree reaches 16-19 metres (50-60 feet). It produces upright sprays of yellow-centred flowers on white stalks. Dilo, a strongly scented medicinal oil, is extracted from the seeds, and the wood is used in building canoes.

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