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羅氏鹽膚木Roxburgh Sumac (Luoshi Yanfumu)

 

羅氏鹽膚木
 
羅氏鹽膚木得名的由來是,其果實含有乳脂狀的物質,可代替食鹽食用,也是以往原住民野外的鹽份來源。果實長度為5到6毫米,呈扁球形,外部被毛,其果實於每年12月到隔年1月成熟,熟時為橙紅色。常於平地至中海拔開闊地河床、路邊發現到它的蹤影。其木材呈灰白色,質地輕軟,具光澤,原住民常用以製做耳環或其他器具。
 
The name "Luoshi Yanfumu" comes from the fact this tree's fruit contains a creamy substance traditionally used by Taiwan's aboriginal peoples as salt (yan) when away from their villages. The length of the fruit is 5 to 6 mm, the shape is round and flat, and the exterior is covered with hairs. The fruit ripens in December/January, turning red. The tree can be found from the plains to medium-elevation mountain areas, and grows in the open. The wood is grayish-white in color, light and soft in texture, with a luster that inspired aboriginal people to often use them to make earrings or other wares.