Happy tree

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Happy tree
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Cornales
Family:Cornaceae (Nyssaceae)
Genus:Camptotheca
Species

Camptotheca acuminata - Happy tree
Camptotheca lowreyana

The Happy tree, Camptotheca acuminata, is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to central China, usually included in the tupelo family Nyssaceae, but sometimes included (with the tupelos) in the dogwood family Cornaceae.

An extract from the Happy tree is used as an anti-cancer treatment in China.

The name 'happy tree' is a direct translation of the Chinese name xi shu.

A second species, Camptotheca lowreyana, has been described recently (see Flora of China link below).

External links

Hortiplex: brief details and good photo (http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/p1/gw1007256.html)
Flora of China - draft text (http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/mss/volume13/Nyssaceae-AGH_coauthoring.htm)Template:Plant-stub

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