Brazil nut

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Brazil nut tree
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Lecythidaceae
Subfamily: Lecythidoideae
Genus: Bertholletia
B. excelsa
Binomial name
Bertholletia excelsa
Humb. & Bonpl.

The Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is a tree from the family Lecythidaceae. It is native to South America. The trees are known for their nuts that come from the fruit of the plant.

The plant[change | change source]

Brazil nut fruit with shelled and de-shelled nuts.

The Brazil nut is known to be a large tree in the Amazon rainforest. It can be about 50 m (160 ft) tall and the diameter of its trunk is about 1 to 2 m (3 ft 3 in to 6 ft 7 in). It could live for 500 years. Some trees could also reach a thousand years of age.[1] The stem is straight and commonly does not have branches in half of itself.

References[change | change source]

  1. Taitson, Bruno (January 18, 2007). "Harvesting nuts, improving lives in Brazil". World Wildlife Fund. Archived from the original on May 23, 2008. Retrieved July 17, 2012.