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geiger tree

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noun

a small, shapely evergreen, Cordia sebestena, of the borage family, native to the Florida Keys, South America, Yucatan, and the West Indies, having orange and red flowers and small pear-shaped fruit.

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Origin of geiger tree

First recorded in 1875–80; named by John James Audubon in honor of John Huling Geiger (1807–85), at whose estate Audubon stayed in 1832 while working on his Birds of America
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