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Jack tree.

Jack tree.

Photographer: Mallitte, Oscar Jean Baptiste

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 913/(19)

Item number: 19

Length: 23.2

Width: 18.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a Jack tree in Assam, north east India, taken by Oscar Jean Baptiste Mallitte in the 1860s. The Jack tree is a large tree common in the East Indies, closely related to the breadfruit. It bears large fruit, weighing between 30 and 40 pounds, the seeds are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a fine grain and is yellow in colour, it is commonly used in cabinetwork and in the production of a dye of brilliant yellow.

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