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Nº 36. Saturday, December 18, 2010

Aextoxicaceae

n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants comprising one single genus: Aextoxicon.

Type genus: Aextoxicon.

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Olivillo. The olivillo, Aextoxicon punctatum, is a tree native to southern Chile.

Etymology

From modern Latin Aextoxicaceae; from Aextoxicon, name of a plant genus; from Latin aex, from Greek aix, «goat», from PIE aig, «goat»; and Greek toxicon, «toxic», «poisonous», probably because these species are dangerous for goats; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».